I know we say that there are no hidden costs to staying at Glencoldon Cottage; and, indeed, there aren’t any cash costs, but we trust nobody will be offended if we offer them the opportunity to be part of an initiative to safeguard the Cairngorms as part of global efforts to reverse the climate and ecological emergencies. Given the difficult year everyone will have had, please do not feel any obligation to contribute.
Protecting Our Wild Places
As we’re all getting wiser about the very real threats facing our climate, and living systems and species, we’re increasingly realising that there are hidden “costs” to almost everything we do (eg. carbon emissions, impacts on ecosystems). However, thankfully, we are also getting wiser that protecting and regenerating our wild places is a win-win-win endeavour!
- We win because this also protects the extraordinary biodiversity that is the foundation of our overlooked life support systems (systems which create the soil, cycle water, trade in nutrients, make weather, build atmosphere and, unseen, deliver the air we breathe and the food we eat.)
- We win because these wild places are natural carbon “sinks”, so they store vast quantities of carbon, protecting against climate disruption (especially some prevalent habitats in the Highlands, like peatland)
- We win as we wake up to the fact that our own human wellbeing is linked to living as part of the natural world, not constantly fighting against it. The wellbeing benefits of immersing in nature and culture are increasingly being understood. We hope you’ve experienced some of this whilst in the National Park!
So that we can all see our contributions (and to keep me honest! Or, at least, less likely to forget to make the matching donation against yours!), this is an open webpage, where, not only can you see your contribution (anonymised if you prefer), but the organisation we are currently fundraisers for, the Cairngorms Trust, can also see. So, they will know exactly how much to expect from us every quarter – a sort of self-policing system through total transparency!
It means you can feel reassured that any contribution is 100% going towards the practical action needed on the ground to safeguard the Cairngorms (or is that 200% with our match funds!).
How To Get Involved
Although we made a direct contribution to the Cairngorms Trust last year, this is a new initiative starting in May 2021, so we’re not totally sure how to make it as straightforward as possible for guests to get involved if they wish. But, we think it is easiest for guests if we ask them if they would consider making a contribution when we are due to pay back the deposit following a stay (avoids guests having to log in somewhere, use payment cards, etc.).
Your generosity in helping to safeguard this special place for our younger and future generations would be so much appreciated, and contributions will highlighted below. Please feel free to get back to us with any feedback or comment and thanks very much for considering our request.
Contributions – So Far!
|When||Who||How Much (£)||Comment|
|Dallas Family, Perthshire||
Thanks so much for getting the ball rolling for 2021!
|May-21||Ecolibrium (Sustainable Solutions)||
|Our matching contribution|
|2021 Running Total||