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Local support needed for the Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest Looks to Local Business for Support

 The Enchanted Forest, the multi-award winning Perthshire Big Tree Country event, which this year attracted over 26,000 visitors to the Highland Perthshire area, is calling on the local business community to get behind it with a bold and unprecedented move to raise £40,000 of private funding from the businesses that the event directly benefits.

 In recent years The Enchanted Forest, which is set to return to nearby Faskally Wood for its 10th anniversary show in 2012, has successfully transitioned from being run by public sector agencies, to being run by a not for profit Community Interest Company.

 However with public funding hard to come by, and ever increasing costs of running the event, the Community Interest Company Directors are asking the hundreds of local businesses who directly benefit from the event to help provide the financial backing needed to ensure The Enchanted Forest's ongoing economic input to the area.

 Eddie Thomson, chair of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company commented

"This has been a tremendous year for the event, winning four major awards and attracting over 26,000 visitors to the area and we're really very keen for that success to continue into 2012. Over half of The Enchanted Forest customers stay overnight in the area and with increased numbers attending, the overall economic impact of the event is now estimated to be in the region of £1.5million benefit to the local economy."enchanted-forest-support2.jpg

 "In our most recent feedback survey we asked our customers to tell us which businesses they spent money with while in the area and well over 250 businesses were mentioned by name, ranging from restaurants to take aways, from hotels to retail shops. If each of those businesses were to pledge just £160 then we would have the necessary capital we need to continue to run the event. It's not much to ask when you consider the sheer extent of the economic impact of the event is almost 10,000 times that much per business - that's an exceptional return on investment."

 Businesses are being invited to attend an open meeting at Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry at 7pm on Tuesday 20th December, 2011 where there will be an open and public discussion around the future of The Enchanted Forest and how they can play an active role in ensuring its success continues.

 To register attendance at this meeting, contact Eddie Thomson, Chairman of the Highland Perthshire Area Community Interest Company by email on 

 The Enchanted Forest was founded in 2003 and this year has acquired a string of accolades including the Event Management Grand Prix at the Scottish Event Awards, Best Cultural Event, Event of the Year at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards and the Community Award at the Perthshire Big Tree Country Awards.

Cycle Friendly Community Award

Highland Perthshire the Cycle Friendly Community.

Highland Perthshire received one of the top five awards at the annual Cycling Scotland Conference Awards in Glasgow as the 'Cycle Friendly Community' as a result of the work done by the Highland Perthshire Cycling group.

Cycling Scotland's Chairman Bill Wright said, "There is so much excellent cycling work now happening across Scotland, that we had 5 categories this year, attracting the highest number of entries to date. We are delighted to award the 'Cycle Friendly Community Award' to Highland Perthshire Cycling for all the work they have done in the last 12 months from their highly successful cycling festival through to local initiatives including the local schools and youth groups."Cyclefriendaward221111-300.jpg

Emma Burtles the Highland Perthshire Cycling Coordinator, who is based in Aberfeldy said, "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of Highland Perthshire Cycling. We are a very new group only having been formed 2 years ago, we have come a very long way in a short time." She continued, "I would like to thank everyone who has put in lots of voluntary hours in making the many events that Highland Perthshire Cycling organise, happen."

The Cycling Scotland citation states; " The winning entry in the Cycle Friendly Communities Award had really embraced the concept, making it a stated aim of the project to create a cycle friendly community in their target area. Using a hugely successful cycling festival as the focal point, the scheme expanded with a range of projects including initiatives to take local schools through the Cycle Friendly School award. Operating youth clubs linking to Scottish Cycling's Go Ride programme, helping local businesses be more cycle friendly to attract more customers, developed disabled and special needs cycling events with adapted bikes, producing route cards and securing funding for forthcoming cycle signage."

 For more information on the Highland Perthshire Cycling or to pass on details, please contact Emma Burtles

Photo  - Bill Wright Chairman of Cycling Scotland, presenting Emma Burtles the Highland Perthshire Cycling Coordinator, with the Cycle Friendly Community Award at a ceremony in Glasgow.

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