Businesses sign up to show support for south west biosphere project

ACE carry out activities including river walking.
ACE carry out activities including river walking.

Businesses in Carrick have shown their support for the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire biosphere project by signing up to its charter.

The Adventure Centre for Education in Girvan and Ultimate Angler have signed up as have Balkissock Lodge in Ballantrae.

By signing up to the charter, the companies can now show their commitment by using stickers in their window and biosphere branding on their website and publicity.

Marie McNulty, the biosphere’s business development officer said: “Signing up to the Biosphere charter is a real opportunity for businesses to show their commitment to the Carrick area whether it be running their business in a way that looks after the local environment, supporting local arts and culture or producing, supplying and buying local produce, it all helps in taking care of and promoting what makes the local area special.”

The biosphere is protected by UNESCO due to its combination of special wildlife areas,rich cultural heritage and communities that care about the environment.

Alan Gracie, director at Ultimate Angler said: “The area is blessed with opportunities for anglers to enjoy wild game fishing by visiting out of the way hill lochs, Salmon River fishing or choosing to enjoy the sea. As a local business we advise visitors to the area of the regulations which protect both game and sea fish species, and provide advice on fish handling in order to return them safely back into the water. We support various fishing groups through prizes for fund raising activities and believe these groups are the true caretakers of the riversides.”

Upon signing up, ACE’s manager Chris Saunders said: “ACE plays a key part in creating the outdoor culture of the south west of Scotland and we provide high quality adventure pursuits on sea, river or land. Exploring the environment, observing wildlife amid stunning scenery is what our customers want so we offer adventure activities that are compatible with good ecological practice. We educate people on responsible access and the principals of leaving no trace when undertaking adventure activities with us in the Biosphere. We understand the need to both value and look after the local landscape not only for future generations but also because our business depends on it. ACE is also a social enterprise that invests all its profits back into the growth of the organisation so local people can receive training and education with the potential for employment”.

The biosphere area is based on the river catchments and their communities radiating out from the Galloway hills including the Cree, Fleet, Ken-Dee, Nith, Doon, Water of Girvan and Stinchar.

If you are a business in the local area and want to find out more about the Biosphere more contact Marie McNulty on 07467 37496 .or email on marie@gsabiosphere.org.uk or check out the website at http://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk/get-involved/charter/

Balkissock Lodge were unavailable for comment as the Gazette went to press.