News News CLC Duchally Country Estate supports Big Tree Country CLC Duchally Country Estate at Auchterarder has vamped up its already impressive list of green credentials by championing Perthshire’s extraordinary trees. Duchally, which already has a Gold Green Tourism Award among many green initiatives across their site, has committed to helping look after Perthshire’s extraordinary trees by joining the Supporting Perthshire Big Tree Country scheme. The scheme allows hotels, B&Bs and businesses of all sizes across Perthshire to broaden their green credentials and help conserve Perthshire’s tree heritage by collecting voluntary donations from their guests or visitors towards enhancing Perthshire Big Tree Country (PBTC). Managed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Perthshire Big Tree Country comprises over 200,000 acres of woodlands and more champion trees than anywhere else in the UK. Together these create Scotland's most spectacular trees and woodlands, where there are lots of diﬀerent experiences to discover and enjoy. Duchally now houses a Perthshire Big Tree Country display next to its reception desk, including a donations box for guests to make contributions towards the project. Graeme MacDonald, Duchally’s Resort General Manager, said: We are only too happy to support such a great Charity based in Perthshire, looking after and enhancing the environment which is Perthshire’s best asset. We also look forward to planting more trees on site and preserving the nice trees we have for future generations in conjunction with the Countryside Trust. Peter Quinn, PKCT’s Trust Director, commented: We are so pleased to have Duchally join the Supporting Perthshire Big Tree Country scheme by giving their guests the chance to donate towards the work we do to develop access to and look after Perthshire’s incredible trees. By making contributions, Duchally’s guests will help allow us improve the experiences locals and visitors will have at Perthshire Big Tree Country sites by developing better access for everyone, conserving the trees, telling stories of the sites and why they and their trees are important, and explaining how trees help fight climate change, among many other projects. Since its launch in 2007 at Gleneagles, the Supporting Perthshire Big Tree Country scheme has raised over £350,000 towards conservation and access project works. Other members of the scheme currently include Dunkeld House Hotel, Crieff Hydro, Gleneagles and Ballathie House Hotel. To learn more about Perthshire Big Tree Country, visit www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk or visit the online interactive map to watch the seasons change across the area http://map.pkct.org/. Hotels, B&Bs and businesses wishing to also help support Perthshire Big Tree Country can get in touch with Peter at PKCT: [email protected], 01738 476580.