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Beyond Adventure win Environmental Award

An Aberfeldy based business has been recognised for its environmental consciousness in national awards.

Outdoor company Beyond Adventure won in the ‘Committed to the Environment’ category at the British Canoeing Delivery Partner Awards.

They were rewarded for their litter-picking scheme where volunteers are taken out on canoes to help clean up rubbish found on the banks of the River Tay. 

Managing director Ross Dempster said: “This award was for a company the governing body felt had a positive impact on the kind of areas they use.

“Our company has always had a strong green policy; it goes right through the ethos of the business that we should be looking after the environment.

“We’re very lucky to be able to use it in Scotland the way that we do.”

Beyond Adventure also aims to educate people on good practices when making use of the countryside.

This includes going round schools in Highland Perthshire to teach them about the value of maintaining their area.

Mr Dempster added: “We were down at Grandtully school last year and encouraging the kids to survey what litter was around.

“There was quite a lot of rubbish because it was after Storm Arwen so we cleared it all up and they got really into it.

“We’re going back up to Kenmore next week to look at the beaches. I think education is really key because talking to the kids and getting them into the environment they love and enjoy is the way forward.”

The outdoor firm also works with charity Trees For Life to offset their carbon footprint.

Mr Dempster said: “It comes with a huge ecological benefit because it’s native species that we’re planting.

“That’s brilliant for the countryside, the landscape and the wildlife. It’s great to support a charity with such a nice ethos behind them.”

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