The company has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to pledge its support for part of Allington Hill and Cooper’s Wood, an area of woodland which forms a prominent part of the local landscape rising above Allington.
The woodland lies within the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Heritage Coast areas, and is an important part of the Dorset AONB’s community engagement and public access strategies.
Classic Cottages, which markets more than 700 specialist self-catering holiday properties across Dorset and the South West, has dedicated a bench on Allington Hill to support the local work of the Woodland Trust.
Anna Hamlyn, Classic Cottages’ property manager for Dorset (pictured on the bench) said: “When it came to choosing an area of woodland to pledge our support for, Allington Hill really stood out because of the stunning 360 degree views over the surrounding countryside. The public footpaths leading up the hill are popular with walkers, but some of the slopes are rather steep so it seemed like the ideal spot for a bench to provide people with somewhere to take a rest!
“Classic Cottages has supported the Woodland Trust for several years, as a way of giving something back to the communities we work in and protecting the beautiful South West countryside for future generations. We hope visitors to Allington Hill and Cooper’s Wood can enjoy its beauty for years to come.”
Classic Cottages has previously partnered with the Woodland Trust to dedicate areas of woodland in Cornwall, Somerset and Devon, as well as supporting rainforest conservation charity Cool Earth as a part of the company’s commitment to protecting the environment.
Katherine Jaiteh from the Woodland Trust said: “Nearly 50 per cent of the ancient woodland that survived until the 1930s has since been lost or damaged by agriculture, development or planting by non-native conifers. Our partnership with Classic Cottages has enabled us to protect another four acres of precious native woodland in the South West saving it from destruction and allowing it to grow into one of the richest wildlife habitats in the UK. We hope that Classic Cottages’ customers, and everyone using the woods they have sponsored, enjoy the woodland and benches they have enabled us to provide.”
Staff at Classic Cottages regularly take part in conservation volunteering projects such as woodland clearing and beach cleaning, and the company also operates a green grading scheme for its properties and has produced a ‘green guide’ for its owners. Classic Cottages has been recognised for its environmental awareness by achieving Gold status under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Classic Cottages is a specialist self catering letting agency based in Helston, Cornwall employing 30 staff. Classic Cottages market over 700 high quality self catering holiday homes in Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. More information can be found at www.classic.co.uk
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