Fife’s Big Green Footprint

A volunteer gets involved in Fife Coast and Countryside Trust's Big Green Footprint scheme
A volunteer gets involved in Fife Coast and Countryside Trust's Big Green Footprint scheme

Fife companies are being invited to reap the rewards of making an eco-friendly mark on the Kingdom’s environment.

With corporate social responsibility (CSR) a live issue in today’s business world, clients and customers often demand the highest ethical standards of their suppliers.

And Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s Big Green Footprint Scheme gives local firms the chance to invest in the region’s natural treasures, enjoy rolling up their sleeves on green projects and demonstrate their commitment to CSR.

Maureen McKellar, Trust fundraiser, explained that businesses signing up to the Big Green Footprint Scheme have a range of options enabling them to be seen helping to manage and conserve Fife’s countryside.

She said: “Donations and sponsorships really do make a huge difference to Fife’s great outdoors - and to people’s opportunities to access everything the Kingdom’s coastline and countryside has to offer.

“They also demonstrate that companies share our commitment to the environment.

“In return, the Trust can offer public recognition for donors in its communications, plus talks or guided walks from our expert team of countryside rangers.

“Why not boost your own green footprint by organising a fundraising event, such as a sponsored walk, cycle or run?

“We’re more than happy to help organise them.”

Fife firms can also provide willing volunteers, who can be called on to do anything from planting wildflowers to cleaning a stretch of coastline.

St Andrews’ prestigious Fairmont is just one of the scheme’s strong supporters, and even invites departing guests to make a voluntary donation of £1.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s staff have done their bit by taking part in beach clean-ups and ‘bracken bashing’, and receiving environmental training - efforts rewarded with a Golf Tourism Scotland Green Award in 2012.

Jonathan Titterton, Fairmont’s director of facilities, said: “With over 30 per cent of our property boundary being made up of the spectacular Fife coastline, it’s imperative that we care for and nurture the nature we have a responsibility for - not only for the here and now but for the future generations.

“We’ve really enjoyed our involvement so far, and we’d encourage our fellow Fife businesses to go green and support The Big Green Footprint Scheme too!”

Anyone keen to find out more about the Big Green Footprint Scheme is welcome to visit www.tbgfs.co.uk, email ask.us@fifecountryside.co.uk or call Maureen McKellar on (01592) 656080.