Small businesses, charities and social enterprises are being offered grants to develop sustainable tourism within the National Forest.
The National Forest Company (NIC) is offering the grants of up to £5,000 to help fund projects that will help it be a green destination for people to visit.
The grants will also help businesses with their continued recovery following the pandemic, and encourage them to invest wisely now to create a greener future.
The forest was launched 25 years ago to regenerate a huge swathe of central England which had been scarred by decades of coalmining and heavy engineering.
It covers 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, including the historic forests of Charnwood and Needwood.
Through the grants, the NFC wants to support organisations that share its vision and can put forward projects that help develop the National Forest as a landmark destination, accessible to everyone, while doing their bit to tackle climate change.
John Everitt, chief executive of the NFC, said: “There is a growing demand for more sustainable holidays and short breaks, where visitors know they are supporting green jobs and having a lower impact on the planet.
“We’re excited to be launching our sustainable tourism grants here in the National Forest and leading the transition to a low carbon destination.”
– Qualifying projects should into one or more of the following categories:
– Improve and promote access for all visitors to surrounding woodlands and habitats.
– Strengthen visitor connections with the Forest.
– Protect and enhance nature to improve the visitor experience.
– Raise visitor awareness of the National Forest story and future vision.
The Sustainable Tourism Grants Scheme is open now until May 31, 2022. For details visit the National Forest Company website or contact Richard Drakeley, tourism development manager at [email protected]