Climate Action Award and Doors Open Days for Cairngorm Bothies
This week Scotland marked the start of its “Scottish Climate Week” – an annual event in Scotland dedicated to addressing climate change and promoting sustainability. With this in mind it’s a great time to mention the ”Climate Action” award in last weeks Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle awards ( #ACSTA23) ceremony held at the Chester Hotel in Aberdeen.
14 tourism awards were presented last Friday night to acknowledge outstanding achievements celebrating excellence, innovation, and dedication within the tourism and hospitality industry within the Aberdeen City and Shire region of Scotland. We are proud to announce that Cairngorm Bothies won the “Climate Action” Category sponsored by Wood Winters Wines & Whiskies. It was great to see one of our guests’ favourite Stonehaven eateries; The Bay Fish & Chip shop receive a highly commended certificate for their achievements in this category too.
Its hugely important to our company values to take part in Scotland’s ambitious climate goals, including its target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045. We share the same global fight against climate change and play our part in protecting the natural environment and its Eco system within our Blelack Estate in the Cairngorms National Park.
Earlier this year we launched a further 6 off grid, pet friendly bothies. These are purposely built on stilts above the forest floor to minimise disruption to the natural forest environment. To this end we designed the integration of the units into the forest with minimal impact to the forest flora and fauna. We are delighted that our Bothies design and sustainable tourism model has made it to the finals in next months Iver Salvesen Award for Combatting Climate Change sponsored by Murray Beith Murray. The Scottish Land & Estate “Helping it Happen” award ceremony is held in Edinburgh on the 5th October.
Our company has a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainable forest, which means the forestry practices we employ are sustainable. We have an active planting regime and in April we successfully planted replacement trees around our Bothies to combat the the changed landscape we have from Storm Arwen and Malik. Our second phase of bothies that are named after local tree species have had their name sake planted nearby making for a great setting of local flora and fawn at the Bothies. It has also been a positive year to see the forests natural recovery with its green shoots taking a good hold in the forest floor. Our owner Dr Gordon Drummond explains more in the video below.
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While combatting climate change starts with us – entrenched in our very being, it is our ambition to raise awareness of this cause as we encourage our customers and staff to always think environmentally friendly green living to create a more solid and sustainable world.
Early this month we took part in its first Aberdeenshire’s Doors Open Days. Over 50 Businesses across the Shire opened their doors to the public. Dr Gordon Drummond welcomed visitors to a walk & talk “Behind the scenes” tour of the Bothies. The event also included the launch of a Geocaching trail in the Blelack estate forest. Visitors were offered an introduction to geocaching, a modern day treasure hunt with a smart phone. Our Cairngorm Bothies team are looking forward to taking part again and offering more opportunities to raise an awareness of our award winning sustainable tourism business. If you would like to learn more of these talks and updates then please sign up to receive our Environmental News.