The Enchanted Forest announces 70,000 tickets to go on sale for 2017’s Oir an Uisge show

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show, has announced it has released 70,000 tickets for this year’s event, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, June 16.

The 2017 show, entitled Oir an Uisge, Scots Gaelic for ‘Edge of the Water’, is reflective of the changing scenery of Faskally Wood in Pitlochry where the event is held annually. It will open to the public on Thursday, September 28.

Proceeds from the first night will benefit three charities – Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe.

Just over 70,000 visitors attended last year’s show which was a 13% increase on the previous record-breaking year. Tickets have been made available already by private pre-sale to previous customers and demand has been brisk with over 20,000 tickets snapped up. Saturday nights are all but sold out and customers are advised to book early this year to avoid disappointment with organisers predicting that the event will sell out before opening night for the first time in its history.

The Enchanted Forest employs Scotland’s premier creative talents to produce a state-of-the art show set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry every October.

Organised by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, the event is renowned for its use of dazzling visuals, innovative design and an original music score.

Now in its 16th year, The Enchanted Forest has won numerous awards, most recently being crowned winner of the coveted Best Cultural Event at the UK Events Awards in London last winter. The event also holds the current title of Best Large Event and the Chairman’s Award, and is three times winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“Every year The Enchanted Forest lights up the countryside of Perthshire and boosts our local tourist trade. But it also lights up the lives of the Scottish community through our charity donations, and as a charitable trust that is what we are here to do. We’re delighted to be able to direct proceeds towards three highly important organisations in Tayside and Scotland. As the show goes from strength to strength, so our charitable net widens, which is extremely heartening.”

The three chosen charities have expressed their delight at being picked as this year’s Enchanted Forest beneficiaries.

Giraffe was established 11 years ago and operates on behalf of people across Perth & Kinross and more widely in Tayside. Its work supports people with severe and complex barriers, such as learning disabilities, autism and mental ill health, to make the transition into meaningful work.

Gareth Ruddock, Giraffe’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We are ecstatic to have been chosen as a charity partner for The Enchanted Forest. Primarily, the funding will be used towards supporting our fantastic client group but additionally, being associated with and working with such an excellent organisation as The Enchanted Forest, will inevitably raise the profile of our organisation and the work we do, as well as helping in raising awareness of the benefits of employing our clients.”

Stuart Johnson, Tayside Mountain Rescue Team Leader, continued:

“The majority of funds raised for our charity are donated by the good will and generosity of people who live in our operational area. We are humbled and appreciative of all donations which go to designated expenditure and operating costs. We are delighted to be chosen as one of The Enchanted Forest charities and thank everyone for the financial support given towards the life-saving work TMRT deliver. Our voluntary team members are the fourth busiest of 28 mountain rescue teams in Scotland.”

Fiona Lewis, Corporate Fundraiser at Alzheimer Scotland, added:

“Alzheimer Scotland is very excited to be supported by the award-winning Enchanted Forest. We are sure guests will enjoy being dazzled by the woodland wonderland whilst raising funds for our vital support services.”

The 2017 show is led by the multi-award-winning creative team of Zoe Squair as producer, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition.

Tricia Fox, marketing manager of The Enchanted Forest, commented:

“Demand for tickets grows year on year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

The Enchanted Forest takes place from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 29 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets will be on sale to the public from Friday, June 16 at 10am at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday, September 28 will also be available to book by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity

More information on The Enchanted Forest is available on www.enchantedforest.org.uk

 

Merlin ERD’s Iain Hutchison is guest speaker at PBN’s ‘Striving For Excellence’ talks series

Iain Hutchison, Managing Director of world-leading drilling engineering experts Merlin ERD, will share the secrets of their success at a special event hosted by Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN).

Part of PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ series, the talk will be held at the Grampian Hotel in Perth on Thursday, June 15 at 7pm.

Merlin ERD Ltd provides expert engineering and training support to the oil and gas industry across the world. Their skills and can-do Scottish approach allow stranded hydrocarbon pools to be tapped and brought to market. Involved with the world’s most challenging wells, it is not uncommon for them to engineer solutions to reduce costs and deliver wells previously deemed impossible; and have the accolades to prove it!

Uniquely located in Perth  – outwith Scotland’s oil and gas “capital” of Aberdeen – Merlin ERD celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and also has the distinction of holding two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the pinnacle of UK business success.

Merlin’s second award in 2016 recognised the company’s impressive growth having quadrupled their multi-million pound turnover during the assessment period, with an ever-increasing net profit. By the end of 2014, this local Perth business had gainful employment for almost 40 personnel.

Recent years have been challenging as the oil and gas industry suffered its worst downturn in recent times. Merlin wasn’t immune, but remained in profit, whilst protecting its technical staff.

Said Iain: “Anyone can run a business in a buoyant growth market, but it takes, determination, focus and support of a loyal team to successfully navigate a market crisis.”

Added Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman: “We are delighted that Iain has taken time out of his busy schedule to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ series of talks.

“It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from one of Scotland’s emerging business leaders and innovators. We look forward to hearing about the lessons he has learnt on his business journey. I am sure it will be a very inspirational session for the PBN audience, and provide a fresh outlook on how to address some of the challenges our members face.

“Such is the advance interest in this ‘mixed’ event, PBN is extending an invitation to other business networks in Perth. Members are also encouraged to invite colleagues and partners.”

Tickets costing £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website (www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk). Ticket price includes tea/coffee and a finger buffet.

Perth’s first Museum Late event a historic success as visitors party with the Picts

Perth Museum and Art Gallery’s launched the first of its Museum Late events with a Party with the Picts on Friday night.

Featuring a DJ, performances from Perth-based Adventure Circus and free beer on entry, the event was based on late-night museum concepts popular in the likes of London, Berlin and Edinburgh.

Friday’s Museum Late also launched Perth Museum and Art Gallery’s ground-breaking summer exhibition, Picts and Pixels, which brings visitors face-to-face with the Pictish past using the latest in gaming and digital technology. Highlights include a reconstruction of Moredun Top Hill Fort in Perth which visitors can ‘fly through’ and explore, a 2D facial reconstruction of the face of a Pict, and virtual reconstructions of a set of traditional Pict-era exhibits.

A programme of events will accompany the exhibition, which runs until 13th August. These include digital skills workshops for young people led by the University of St Andrews, which is a collaborator on the exhibition.

For more information visit http://www.culturepk.org.uk/whats-on/picts-and-pixels/

Discovery Point hosts ‘Whale’ project celebrating Dundee’s whaling and jute industries

Dundee’s Discovery Point, home to the historic RRS Discovery, is playing host to a fascinating new art project celebrating two industries that form the city’s backbone – whaling and jute.

In Whale, visitors to the historic vessel – now a popular visitor attraction on Dundee’s waterfront – can immerse themselves in the world of whales by wearing headphones roped with Dundee jute. The jute uses a Celtic 16-strand hollow braiding technique.

Oceanic voices of bowhead whales, bearded seals, beluga whales and narwhals speak directly into visitors’ ears as they stand at Dundee’s waterfront overlooking the River Tay. Whale, by artist/scholar Yolande Harris, is part of NEoN Digital Arts pop up programme for Dundee’s Ignite Festival.

The 30-minute Whale ‘sound walk’ is available separate from RRS Discovery’s exhibition and tours, and is free of charge.

Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust, which runs RRS Discovery, said the partnership with NEoN and Yolande Harris was a logical one given the Trust’s involvement in both the whaling and jute industries.

RRS Discovery – whose slogan is ‘Made in Dundee, Designed for Adventure’ – famously carried explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his crew to the Antarctic. It was built in Dundee because of the city’s experience in making hardy whaling ships. The Trust also operates textile and social history museum Verdant Works, on the site of a former jute factory.

Jennings said:

“Dundee Heritage Trust was set up to preserve and portray Dundee’s heritage through both RRS Discovery, famously made by builders of whaling ships, and the jute and social history museum Verdant Works. So it made sense to host Whale, which straddles both of these worlds. We know that visitors to Discovery Point will be as fascinated by Whale as we are.”

Donna Holford-Lovell, director of NEoN (North East of North), said:

“We are delighted that, through Yolande Harris’ exhibition and Ignite, we can add an extra dimension to visits to Discovery Point. Whale highlights Dundee’s past as well as the changing face of the city, and in particular its waterfront.”

Whale takes place from May 20th to May 28th 2017. Headphones can be picked up at RRS Discovery’s reception area.

More information on Whale is available at http://www.northeastofnorth.com/2455-2/whale/

For more information visit www.rrsdiscovery.com

Kirsty Wark’s praise for Perth’s groundbreaking Menopause Café

The World’s first Menopause Café will be held in Perth next month, aimed at breaking down taboos over the ‘third stage of life’.

Inspired by Kirsty Wark’s recent BBC Scotland documentary on the subject, the free event will be hosted by Perth-based Rowan Consultancy, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

With both male and female participants of all ages, Menopause Café will be held between 6 and 8pm on Monday, June 12, 2017 in the city’s Blend Coffee Lounge.

In their 20 year history, Rowan Consultancy have seen over 3,000 counselling clients and delivered training to at least that number of participants within commercial organisations across Perthshire, Dundee, Angus and Fife.

PBN member Rachel Weiss commented: “The Menopause Café is aimed at women and men of all ages who would like to come along and talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions, all made that little bit easier with tea and cake.

“Everything we do at Rowan is underpinned by communication and, having used this format successfully to discuss the similarly taboo topic of death, we thought the menopause would be another topic to explore, and encourage conversation around. Unfortunately, many women feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the Menopause, with some never talking to their friends of family about it, but the reality is that it affects all women eventually, not forgetting those who live and spend time with them. People can come along and just listen, or join in on the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues.”

The event has also been welcomed by Kirsty Wark who said: “I am so thrilled that this group has started a Menopause Café. I hope this event inspires others to do the same.”

In addition to Rachel Weiss, the event is being organised by Lorna Fotheringham, Andy Sanwell and Gail Jack, also from Perth.

Lorna added: “When I saw Rowan Consultancy’s original Facebook post regarding this idea, I thought how brilliant that someone is thinking of doing something locally. The BBC Scotland programme has opened a door to a bigger conversation and I’m delighted that Rachel has brought the idea to life.”

Meanwhile, Gail continued: “I struggled for years not realising that I was going through the peri-menopause so I’m glad to be involved in this groundbreaking cafe. A space to chat, laugh and gain wisdom over a cup of coffee!”

Booking is recommended. For more information, please visit  http://www.menopausecafe.net/

Good news for sellers as property prices in Perthshire rise year-on-year

Demand for property is soaring throughout Perthshire, new figures have revealed.

A recent report from the Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre (PSPC) shows that member firms sold 181 homes worth £33 million in the first three months of 2017. This is a substantial increase on the same time last year when the combined value was just over £22 million.

The average price tag achieved by PSPC members rose by around 11% – £181,473 in 2017, compared to £163,409 in the first quarter of 2016.

The number of new properties coming onto the market also increased by seven per cent. – 265 in the first quarter of the year compared to 193 this time last year.

A spokesperson for PSPC member Miller Hendry Solicitors and Estate Agents, which has branches in Perth, Crieff and Dundee, has welcomed the news.

He said: “These figures indicate that 2017 is shaping up to be a good one for the Perthshire property market. The reduction in interest rates has made mortgages extremely affordable, and house prices are rising at a sustainable level.”

Anne Begg, PSPC Manager, added: “As is traditionally the case, March was the best month for sales, with 82 properties sold at a total value of over £15 million. We hope that the market continues to improve as we head towards the summer months, or at least retains the current stability we are enjoying.

“Our message to anyone on the verge of putting their home on the market is to be realistic about the price they are likely to achieve and see their Home Report as a guide. By making a little effort to prepare your home for sale rather than simply assuming that it will sell in its current form, your property should shift and, with lots of interest out there, hopefully sooner than you expect.”

Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre (PSPC) was established in 1970 by Perth solicitors to provide home buyers and sellers with an unparalleled property service in Perthshire. Successful from its inception, PSPC markets the largest number of Perthshire properties in all price brackets.

For more information on buying or selling in Perthshire, please call Anne Begg, PSPC Manager on 01738 635301, email moving@pspc.co.uk or visit www.pspc.co.uk

From Press to PR: The dark art of pitching to the printed press

Award-winning, multi-media journalist and sub-editor ALISON LOWSON recently swapped print for PR after 28 years in the weekly/national newspaper business. Now working for leading Scottish independent marketing agency Volpa, Media Scotland’s former Central Tayside regional editor (Perthshire Advertiser, Strathearn Herald, Blairgowrie Advertiser, Stirling Observer) shares her top tips for teeing up top notch newspaper coverage …

Gone are the days when a journalist could spend time researching a story to her satisfaction.

With newsrooms under pressure to churn out content 24/7, fact-checked and finely-tuned copy is becoming a luxury that the printed press cannot afford.

Back in the day, an army of “readers” were employed to scour the paper for factual errors, glaring typos and wrongly captioned photos, before printing.

But that era is long gone, and it’s not unusual to see the hallowed pages of the big, national daily papers littered with embarrassing mistakes and so-called “fake news”.

It’s no surprise that standards are slipping. In this brave, new digital world, the overworked, underpaid hack isn’t just responsible for filling the paper with quality copy. She has to be a design genius as well – laying out pages, writing headlines and resizing pictures.

The toil doesn’t stop there. Every story has to be re-filed and packaged for the website. In some cases, this means briefly tweaking existing copy before uploading the words and images to the web. But, more often than not, it means creating a bespoke video package or photo gallery for the title’s digital offering. Which then had to be linked to the title’s social media with click-bait catchlines to maximise unique users and page views.

While extremely bad news for journalists, this state of affairs presents a real opportunity for the well-placed PR professional.

During my last 10 years as a newspaper editor, the daily flood of press releases were a lifeline that frequently kept my six weekly papers and companion websites and social media offering ticking over.

Admittedly 80% of the releases that pored into my in-box were pure dross (restaurant openings in London; book signings in Perth, Australia; random surveys etc. etc.), but the other 20% were gold dust for the hard-pressed editor faced with filling hundreds of blank pages every week.

There was a small, hard-core of agencies – Volpa at the top of the list – that I could rely on to send me great local stories, beautifully written and fact-checked, with a Dropbox link to some fantastic photography. All I had to do was re-write the intro and Bob’s Your Uncle/Fanny’s Your Aunt and I was in business.

Since moving from Media Scotland to Volpa at the beginning of the year, I’ve learned that many PR people consider pitching to newspaper journalists some kind of “dark art”.

But it’s really just common sense …

  1. RESEARCH. Read the newspaper and get a feel for the kind of stories they run. No point pitching a restaurant review or a press travel trip to a publication that doesn’t have a features section.
  2. COMPETITIONS. If you can’t get coverage in the news/features pages, ask you client to consider a competition. Usually they’ll have to put up a prize valued at £500+ but in return they’ll get at least ¼ page coverage. Most papers have a dedicated marketing/competition departments – these are the people to contact in the first instance.
  3. ADVERTISING. Weekly newspapers look after their advertisers extremely well (they are an endangered species after all!). If your client agrees a regular spend (even if it’s just a ¼ page, twice a year), then the editor is usually happy to give them “added value” editorial coverage.

4.. DEADLINES. Find out when the paper goes to press and DO NOT PHONE and hassle the journalist on deadline.

  1. CUTTNGS. Journalists are plagued with PR agencies looking for back copies and PDFs for clients. You might get one if you are a good contact (or if your client is an advertiser), but generally speaking you’ll just piss off a potential contact (particularly if you don’t know if/when the story was published). Instead, phone the customer service number and order a copy. Or better still pay for a cuttings agency.
  2. BE UPFRONT #1. Don’t hide bad news in the last par. It’s the first place a journalist will look. Especially in council press releases.
  3. BE UPFRONT #2. Don’t use jargon or council “double speak” to disguise bad news. Journalists are multi-lingual and know full well that “rationalisation” and “restructuring” mean job losses.
  4. IMAGES #1. Unless Justin Beiber/Meghan Markle is involved, it’s unlikely you’ll get a staff photographer to cover your event (especially at the weekend, or after 5pm). To boost your chance of coverage, always attach a great image or video (or both) with your press release. And remember to caption it properly, with a left to right of everyone pictured.
  5. IMAGES #2: Bypass the newsdesk entirely and consider pitching to the picture desk (nationals) or staff photographer (weeklies).
  6. EMBARGOES. Embargoes are a waste of time. Particularly if the release has been sent out as a blanket mailshot to dailies, weeklies, TV and radio at the same time. Someone ALWAYS breaks the embargo.
  7. HOUSE STYLE. All newspapers have a “house style” particularly for dates and numbers. Generally speaking, dates should be written as follows: Friday, May 8. And numbers: one to nine should be written in full, and 10 and above in numerals. Time-pressed journalists hate having to make these changes when cutting and pasting press releases.

Inveralmond Brewery backs first Museum Late event as Perth joins ranks of other European cities

Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery is lending its support to a first-of-its-kind late night museum event at the celebrated Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Inveralmond, which recently launched a new beer and unveiled a stunning new look for its brand, is sponsoring the launch party of Museum Late on Friday 19th May.

Museum Late – a concept made legendary in cities such as Berlin and London – will feature live music from Heartland FM’s weekend ‘wind-down’ DJ Simon Duncan and performances from Adventure Circus. It will also be a chance for visitors to see and try Picts and Pixels, Perth Museum and Art Gallery’s innovative new interactive exhibition. Mixing historical artefacts with the latest in gaming technology, Picts and Pixels formally kicks off on May 20th.

Inveralmond will provide its best-selling Ossian and Lia Fail beers, as well as its new EPA, at the launch party on 19th May. Tickets start at £9 and include a free drink on entry.

Famed for producing craft beer in the heart of Scotland, Inveralmond celebrates 20 years of brewing this month. Inveralmond recently added EPA, an Edinburgh Pale Ale, to its portfolio. It also relaunched bestsellers Ossian and Lia Fail, revealed a cohesive new look for all of its beers. The EPA, packed with Munich malt and Goldings hops, is a fitting addition to Inveralmond’s line-up now that the Perth brewer is part of the same family as Innis & Gunn, one of Scotland’s most successful craft brewers, based in Edinburgh. The beer style Edinburgh Pale Ale was the first truly global beer. A forerunner to IPA, it paved the way for British beer around the world.

EPA will be joined by Daracha, a ruby ale brewed with Amber malts and roast barley, to create Inveralmond’s new core range.

Production of Inveralmond beers in Perth will be expanded following a £750,000 investment from Innis & Gunn in the Brewery, following the acquisition by the Edinburgh based craft brewer in 2016. Now home to both Innis & Gunn and Inveralmond beers, the substantial upgrade to the facility means 150% more capacity at the Perth site from this month (May) and a tripling of capacity by next year. It includes a barrel ageing hall, additional fermentation and processing vessels and new filtration technology.
Inveralmond founder and chief executive Fergus Clark said:

“It’s an honour for us to be sponsoring the first Museum Late event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. As a brand that made Perth its home 20 years ago this week, this event is a double celebration for us. We’re looking forward to sharing our new-look Ossian and Lia Fail, as well as the new EPA, with museum visitors.”

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, which delivers and develops museum and library services across the county, said:

“We’re delighted to have the backing of Inveralmond for our first Museum Late event, which encourages visitors to party with the Picts and ‘play’ with history. As the Inveralmond brand is one that is inspired by Perthshire and heritage, this really is a perfect collaboration.”

LIMITED EDITION GLENTURRET SINGLE MALT WINS PRESTIGIOUS SPIRIT AWARD

The Glenturret limited edition single malt, Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, has been awarded a SILVER in the International Spirits Challenge 2017: the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world.

The limited edition, which is still available to purchase, was dedicated to Fly the distillery dog, discovered in a photo unearthed at Glenturret Distillery of 16 stillmen and their dog which dates back to 1905.

Fly’s 16 Masters Edition is one of the extra special whisky releases to come from the small Perthshire distillery since the craft whisky brand was revitalised in 2015. Only 1,740 bottles of this rare 16-year old single malt were released last year on World Whisky Day.

The single malt has been described by leading whisky reviewer, Jim Murray, as “unmistakably Glenturret”, receiving the Liquid Gold Award in his world-leading whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017, with a total score of 96 out of 100.

The International Spirits Challenge Tasting Awards comprise of blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Judges assess products according to their age, region and variety and award a score for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish. Scores are collated and recorded by the category chairman before Trophy, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.

Stuart Cassells, general manager at Glenturret Distillery, commented:

“The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition was a very special whisky release, dedicated to the skilled craftsmanship and traditional values we still hold here at the distillery today, and the heritage behind The Glenturret. It’s fantastic that the passion to create exceptional whisky the traditional way has been recognised with a Silver ISC award.

Stuart continues:

“With only a small number of this limited-edition whisky remaining from the initial release, these will make a great Father’s Day present for the whisky lover.”

The Glenturret Fly’s Masters Edition Tasting Notes:

 Appearance: Warm in your belly sun kissed amber hue

Nose: Lightly perfumed, citric, newly cut flowers, hints of marzipan, old leather, popcorn

Palate: Long and lingering, mature fruit notes, black cherries, mocha coffee maybe even espresso

Finish: Vibrant, well-aged, good balance, easy to drink

For more information on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk

Crieff Hydro gets even greener, with a splash of gold, as it notches up latest tourism award

Crieff Hydro’s commitment to sustainability has been rewarded with a Gold Green Tourism award in recognition of a series of planet-friendly initiatives.

The 900-acre Perthshire resort won the accolade after a recent inspection found that sustainable activities being undertaken on the 900-acre Perthshire resort met 80% of the Green Tourism criteria.

The popular tourist destination, which has more than 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering units and six eating outlets, as well as two swimming pools, a horse riding centre and Action Glen activity centre, was commended on its ‘green’ efforts across the board in one of the most rigorous certification programmes in the industry.

Assessors praised Crieff Hydro on its commitment to sustainability, in particular the staff training and awareness.

Crieff Hydro has a dedicated ‘Green Team’ made up of representatives from across all departments, who become ambassadors for identifying and implementing changes that contribute towards becoming a greener business.

The introduction of LED lighting within the hotel, significant changes to their food waste management and its visitor payback scheme, where guests are invited to donate £1 during their stay to help Perthshire’s Big Tree Country Initiative, was also recognised. A truly green scheme, it helps to conserve some of the world’s most enigmatic conifers in the woods, forests and estates of Perthshire.

Alexandra McDonald, Crieff Hydro’s Support Services and Environment Manager, heads up the Green Team and led the visit by Green Tourism. She commented:

“Since Green Tourism’s last visit in 2013, we’ve worked hard to look for ways to improve and our Crieff Hydro Green Team are all passionate about playing their part in helping to implement the little changes that all go a long way to working more efficiently. Whether it’s closer monitoring of the food waste and ways we can reduce it, or working with local community schemes to donate duvets and kitchen equipment, all of these steps have helped us achieve a fantastic grading from Green Tourism.”

Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro, said:

“We’re always looking for new ways to make Crieff Hydro operate more efficiently and it’s great to see Green Tourism recognise this. All of the efforts, from the team across Crieff Hydro, go a long way in making Crieff Hydro a truly green and sustainable business.”

Crieff Hydro has been a member of Green Tourism, the UK’s leading sustainable tourism certification scheme, since 2007. Businesses who opt to join are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director at Green Tourism, commented:

“Crieff Hydro has put a lot of work into this project and the Green Team should be very proud of its achievements.  Reducing food waste, working with a local company to recycle soap waste, installing LED lighting in key areas of the hotel and becoming involved with the Big Tree Country are just some of the measures that have seen Crieff Hydro to its well-deserved GOLD award!”

Green Tourism is considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind. It is the only one independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT). They also offer support and advice on developing sustainable tourism businesses.

More information is at www.crieffhydro.com