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Green Tourism

The Cotswolds Discoverer Pass

Help your guests to leave the car behind while holidaying with you. The Cotswolds Discoverer pass provides unlimited travel on most trains and buses, allowing visitors to travel around and explore some of the most scenic parts of The Cotswolds without using a car. Visitors can purchase a one day pass offering unlimited travel, allowing them to visit a wide range of attractions, towns and villages.

A new promotional video is being created to promote the Discoverer pass, showing travel into the area by train and the range of bus services available to visit places.

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Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS)

The leading national sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. Businesses opting to join GTBS are visited and assessed by a qualified grading adviser against a stringent set of criteria.

Cotswolds Visitor Giving

Visitor giving is the process of asking visitors to voluntarily support conservation by donating a very small amount of money via their bill or fees. We know that our beautiful area attracts millions of visitors each year, however these large numbers can impact on the very environment on which our tourism industry relies so heavily.

Money raised by tourism businesses will go towards a range of important landscape and environmental projects across the Cotswolds to help conserve our natural beauty and ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Manor Cottages were the first company to contribute to the scheme – they raise contributions from bookings on over 270 self catering holidays and then double the money raised out of their own profits. In 2015 Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park signed up to the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme, along with Notgrove Holidays.

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Useful resources

Visit England has a number of really useful resources and toolkits to help you maximise sustainability.  Find out more

The free Green Start tool helps businesses to assess their current green credentials and develop an action plan.

In the Rural Tourism Business toolkit there are tips and guidance on becoming more sustainable, communicating effectively, local distinctiveness and more across five modules.

There is also some great advice on selling sustainability to your customers and lots of useful case studies in the Keep it Real toolkit.

Further information

For further information or help in sourcing information about green or sustainable tourism issues, then please contact Chris Jackson:
T: 01993 861563



Angel, Witney


Witney pub - close to Church Green and St Mary's Church.