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Article published 15/09/2020

The COVID-19 crisis has brought extremely challenging times for all but has created a moment in time for businesses to reflect on what comes next and how the future we pursue could be a better one. During Climate Week Scotland (14 - 20 September) we're sharing case studies from businesses already taking steps to protect the natural environment through responsible tourism initiatives. 

Dumfries House | case study 

Dumfries House is an 18th Century mansion set within a 2,000 acre estate located close to Cumnock in East Ayrshire. While the House is a visitor attraction, the Dumfries House Trust also runs an extensive educational programme focused on community engagement and sustainability.  

Youth group visiting Dumfries House

There is a range of educational opportunities offered to schools, youth groups, local authorities and other organisations visiting the estate. These opportunities are focused on personal development and real-life skills, and include: catering and hospitality, food and horticulture, and Princes Trust Employability programmes.

Children can plant their own produce, learning about the development of sustainable food systems. There is also an on-site Education Farm which works with the Rare Breeds’ Survival Trust in native livestock conservation, teaching young people about the importance of food provenance. Annually, Dumfries House welcomes around 8,500 school children to take up these hands-on learning opportunities.   

Youth group visiting Dumfries House

To further support the local community, Dumfries House has started a community fridge which stocks produce grown on site in the Estate’s garden and food from nearby supermarkets. This reduces food waste and provides access to healthy food at no cost for anyone who needs it.  

The Dumfries House restaurant is part of the attraction’s commercial arm. The restaurant is committed to using ingredients from local suppliers and produce from the Estate’s farm and gardens. This is an important contribution toward reducing emissions from food transport miles while also championing local businesses. To find out more about activity at Dumfries House go to

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