Since working at Nurture Lakeland I’ve been involved in a range of projects, from designing car-free itineraries to celebrating the special nature of the area. But one project in particular has had a surprising impact on my life outside work...
Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees (so my dad used to tell me), busy delivering projects and campaigns, wrapped up in the day to day work of Nurture Lakeland - all exciting stuff but it's great to have an opportunity to look at what you're doing from a different angle.
Back in July 2013, Andy Beanland, previously Cycle Tourism Development Officer at Nurture Lakeland, set off on a fact finding tour of North Western Europe funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He has just published a report of cycle tourism based on his experiences so we caught up with him to hear what he found out.
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The Low Carbon Cottages project will be presenting a half day training course on the Retrofit of Traditional buildings, from homes, holiday cottages and commercial buildings. giving the attendee a detailed insight to the particulars and building science of traditional buildings, practical information on how assess your buildings current performance and how to baseline, also providing information on traditional retrofit best practice and things to consider in material selection. There will also be information on renewables and current funding schemes.
The course will be held on Thursday 3rd April at the Blencathra Field Studies Council, Threlkeld, CA12 4SGRead more... Traditional Building Retrofit Course
The Visitor Giving Toolkit for Destinations is now available on the Visit England website. The toolkit was created as part of a Defra Pilot Study on using Visitor Giving to fund Payments for Ecosystem Services. The study report will soon be published, aiming to demystify issues around setting up VG schemes and looking at example of best practice from around the UK.Read more... New Visitor Giving Toolkit for Destinations
Nurture Lakeland have been working with researchers from Birmingham City University to examine Visitor Giving schemes, which take donations from people visiting the countryside to fund environmental and community projects that give something back to the local area.
The research team at Birmingham School of the Built Environment, part of Birmingham City University, have been exploring whether such schemes might be able to quantify specific environmental benefits that visitors can sponsor, boosting visitor donations and creating better environmental outcomes.
A key outcome of the research built on the development of our smart phone apps for walkers and cyclists, through the trialling of donation functions on the popular Cycle More Eden and Explore More Eden trail apps. These smart phone apps for walkers and cyclists provide a host of trails to help visitors explore the Eden Valley. We’ve enhanced these with location-based information about the benefits provided to society from the landscapes they're travelling through.Read more... Visitor Giving helps walkers and cyclists learn about nature - and invest in it!
Last month I highlighted the importance of collecting data and the Low Carbon Cottages has been collecting data from all 10 of cottages that are taking part in the project since December. But what can you do with the data and what does it all mean?
Firstly the data can be used to help calculate your carbon footprint and I have highlighted in a previous article the ways of doing this. Once you know your usage and carbon footprint, this can act as a baseline. You could even use the last 12 months of your utility bills. Once you have a baseline you can give yourself a target to help you reduce costs, usage or kilograms of CO2.Read more... Low Carbon Cottages - The Data Explained
'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.
Read our latest ANNUAL REPORT
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