Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages is supporting a pilot scheme launched by The Prince of Wales to encourage tourists to support the work of The Prince's Countryside Fund. Upon check-out, guests at the luxury holiday cottages will be asked if they would like to make a small donation to the charity, which helps hard pressed rural areas in Britain. At present there are 25 Duchy cottages available to rent in Cornwall, Wales and the Isles of Scilly with one new property due to open in Restormel in the Summer.
The two-year pilot scheme also has the support of other major tourism businesses across the UK, including the British Beer and Pub Association and The Caravan Club. Money raised will be used to help fund projects including apprenticeships for budding hill farmers, training for young people to gain employment in the rural economy, community transport schemes in isolated rural areas and projects supporting community assets such as pubs, posts offices and village shops.
The Prince's Countryside Fund helps people who live and work in rural areas
Speaking at the launch in Penrith, Cumbria, on Wednesday 9th April 2014, The Prince of Wales said: "I have always wanted to engage with the tourism and hospitality sector to see whether it might be possible to encourage visitors to support and help maintain the countryside they value so much. That is why I am absolutely delighted to have the backing of the remarkable group of companies and organizations involved in this pilot project.
"They see the point of what I am trying to do and share my belief that we must secure the future of our rural communities – for this generation and those yet to come. This pilot, which I hope will be taken up by other like-minded companies in due course, will enable visitors, collectively, to make a real difference to the future of rural areas."
The Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Dawn Howard, added: “Rural tourism is a vitally important industry to the countryside. When people visit the countryside on holidays or short breaks it is essential to remind them that farming and rural life is often precarious and needs funding and support to help it thrive. This scheme will raise money to support our projects and will also help spread awareness of the importance of rural issues. We are delighted that these eight like-minded organizations recognise the value of the countryside and we are grateful to each of the companies taking part for their enthusiasm and willingness to work with us”.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, was set up by Business in the Community in July 2010. So far it has given over £3.8 million in grants distributed to over 90 projects across the country, directly benefitting 64,000 people. In addition to its normal application process, the Fund also operates an emergency fund for times of need. All the projects focus on supporting the people who care for our countryside and make it tick.
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