Forest and Wildlife Tourism workshop for Inveraray

As part of the National Tourism Week 2014, Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative and Scottish Natural Heritage are hosting a workshop on Tuesday 11th March 2014 in Inveraray.

This is focusing on ‘What next for Nature’s Paradise?’

Everyone with an interest in growing and developing forest and wildlife tourism in Argyll & the Isles is invited to the event, which will run from 10.30am to 3.00pm.

To book a place, email: book@exploreargyll.co.uk

The workshop will look at what has been achieved to date and  explore:

  • what the next priorities could and should be;
  • what the assets are
  • the development of more nature based experiences.

An important consideration will be experience from elsewhere.  The focus will therefore be on identifying new projects and collaborations which will turn Argyll’s outstanding natural assets into high quality and authentic visitor experiences.

The initial phases of the ‘Nature’s Paradise’ project were supported by FCS with grant aid from LEADER, and focused on the forests, woodlands and gardens of Argyll and the Isles.  This produced:

  • 12 exploratory workshops taking place across the area in 2012
  • The Nature’s Paradise leaflet being collated and published – and more than 65k printed and in distribution
  • Hub handbooks [and leaflets] distributed to the 12 hubs across the area and all the VS VICs,
  • a stand at EXPO last year in partnership with Argyll & the Isles Tourism Co-operative and the Glorious Gardens of Argyll & Bute
  • a programme of 5 ‘art in nature’ workshops at key visitor attractions last Autumn in celebration of the Year of Natural Scotland – and at which 500 individual pieces of art were produced.

Through the National Tree Collections of Scotland Rural Dimensions is currently exploring an ambitious Heritage Lottery Fund bid for a cluster of sites in and around Argyll and will provide an update on this at the workshop.

Scottish Natural Heritage is keen to work with Rural Dimensions for this next stage and extend the area of interest to include wildlife and outdoor activities, for which funding applications will be made.

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