I think it is a privilege to live in Cumbria; I am passionate about the county, the landscape, the fantastic local produce that we have; about the innovative ways people find to start and build their businesses. I know how hard it is and yet how important it is to be able to run a business that allows you to have a life and a lifestyle and yet still generates enough money to keep the wolf from the door!
I originally wrote this as a 'Dear Editors' letter for the Westmorland Gazette in response to the article 'The opportunity Is There For The Taking' printed on the 28th of November. The article was essentially about sustainable tourism so naturally we had a nurturing viewpoint to reply with.....
Bristol, arguably the UK’s ‘green capital’ played host to the inaugural Green Tourism Conference last week, organised by the founders of Green Tourism Business Scheme, Andrea Nicholas and Jon Procter. At Bristol (that’s the venue) was bustling with people from all four corners of the UK, converging to celebrate our successes and learn from each other. A host of inspiring presentations and case studies really brought home the fantastic results in cost savings, carbon reduction and water conservation that can be achieved through joining GTBS and partnering up with sustainable suppliers.
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Christmas cruise for lunch on the lake
A Christmas lunch with a difference will be served on board one of the Windermere launches when supporters of Nurture Lakeland celebrate the festive season on the water.
Sailing from Ambleside on Tuesday Dec 17, the cruise will include a Christmas buffet and a chance to meet the team that helps local businesses look after their lakes and landscape.Read more... Christmas Cruise
"If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little becomes great" and this is what happens when your donations to Nurture's Small Grants Fund add up to something really special. The heart-warming news is that thanks to the businesses (and visitors) who choose to donate their Visitor Giving money to this fund, we've been able to award 4 small grants of up to £1,000 to some wonderful and worthy local, community projects who might otherwise struggle to get their ideas of the ground.
With your help, Santa could be delivering an early present to help look after the Lake District's upland paths. The Fix the Fells project is a participant in the Christmas Challenge 2013 promotion by the Big Give. It's an organisation which provides a way for people to support charities and projects of interest, and for charities to engage with donors.Read more... Challenge Week for Fix the Fells
"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking" according to Nietzsche and who knows if Andy from George Fisher and Pete from Montane dreamt up their plan in the hills but, for sure, their great idea is going to benefit our upland landscape. £5 from the sales of each item of Montane clothing sold at George Fisher for a limited period earlier this year has resulted in a fabulous donation of £500 for the Fix the Fells project.Read more... Cash from Clothes Helps our Hills.
'Inspiring people to care for the natural environment through Responsible Tourism'
For nineteen years we have been working to protect the beautiful landscapes and environment of Cumbria and the Lake District.
Nurture Lakeland is working with tourism businesses to improve sustainable practices, helping to safeguard the area.
We have a membership of nearly 400 businesses, tourism associations, agencies and other organisations. In total we represent over 1,200 individual businesses. These range from small guest houses to large hotels, holiday cottages to conservation bodies and other tourism related businesses.
- Provide funding to pay for conservation and environmental works
- Carry out research into the impacts of tourism and offer solutions
- Provide sustainable tourism training, advice and consultancy
- Support other regions and National Parks to set up Visitor Giving.
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Fundraising: Working with our members to support conservation projects across the county and protect our landscape - We call it Visit Give Protect
Campaign work: Ensuring that the environment and human activity co-exist harmoniously - We call it Sustainable Tourism
Consultancy: Sharing our ideas and helping other destinations across the UK and Europe to develop their own Visit Give Protect schemes - We call it Nurture Tourism