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Cotswold Outdoor backs new campaign to save Scotlandís mountain paths

Thursday 22nd June 2023, 2:45pm

Mountaineering Scotland and the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland (OATS) are delighted to announce Cotswold Outdoor as the official sponsor of a new three-year campaign to raise £300,000 for much-needed path repairs on An Teallach, one of Scotlandís most iconic mountains. The campaign - called Itís Up to Us - will also raise awareness of the desperate need for investment in the repair and maintenance of informal mountain paths situated on land outside of Scotland's national parks and NGO estates.

Launched at an event in Perth last month, which was attended by many well-known members of the mountain-using community, Itís Up to Us encourages outdoor enthusiasts, active tourism businesses and organisations that care deeply about Scotlandís hills and mountains to step up and give something back by donating to the fundraising appeal.

One company that has answered the call is Cotswold Outdoor. For almost 50 years, the retailer has been helping people explore the great outdoors together. They have a genuine commitment to minimise their environmental impact, actively protecting the places we love, and helping everyone to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way. Theyíre also working towards a more circular economy thatís better for the great outdoors and everyone who enjoys exploring it, too.

Jose Finch, Managing Director for Cotswold Outdoor, said: ďAt Cotswold Outdoor, we believe everyone's happier outside, which is why protecting the great outdoors we love to explore is so important. For that reason, we're proud to support Mountaineering Scotland and the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotlandís new It's Up to Us campaign, providing funds to support vital mountain footpath repair across Scotland's incredible landscapes and mountains so we can enjoy them for years to come.Ē

Mountaineering Scotland CEO, Stuart Younie, added: ďMountaineering Scotland has a longstanding partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, who provide a 15% discount as part of our package of member benefits, and we are delighted they have also chosen to become the lead sponsor for Itís Up to Us.

ďItís important that, as one of the UKís leading outdoor retailers, they have recognised the need to step up to support this campaign. Reports show that the Sporting and Outdoor Equipment Retailer industry was worth £11.5bn* in 2022, and we hope that more outdoor retailers and gear manufacturers will follow the example of Cotswold Outdoor by getting on board to support the campaign and thinking about donating some of their profits to help repair mountain paths in Scotland.Ē

CEO of the Outdoor Access Trust Scotland, Dougie Baird, explained: ďA key campaign target for It's Up to Us is get the message across to hillwalkers and all mountain users that we all need to be prepared to give something back to the mountains that we benefit from.  

ďThe extensive path erosion works required on An Teallach have no access to government money of any sort. With the partnership with such a strong brand as Cotswold Outdoor, we are looking to reach out to those who really care for the mountains and to encourage them to give something back to the hills that so enrich their lives; maybe even to consider a small donation every time they head into the hills, what they can, when they can, through our fundraising appeal.Ē

Visit: www.savemountainpaths.scot to find out more and donate.

Donít forget, you can follow all the latest campaign news using the hashtags: #ItsUptoUs and #SaveMountainPaths


*Sporting and Outdoor Equipment Retailers in the UK - Market Size 2011Ė2029