Shoppers at the Co-op in Dunkeld have raised over £1,000 through the Co-op Local Community Fund which will go towards the further development of the River Tay Way, a new long-distance walking and cycling route in Highland Perthshire.
Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT)are developing the route and are looking to the local community to get involved in developing the River Tay Way in Dunkeld and Birnam.
PKCT’s Strategic Routes Officer, Andy Barrie, who is leading the development of the River Tay Way, said:
“The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance that access to open spaces plays to everyone’s mental and physical health, and the River Tay certainly offers a huge variety of places to enjoy in nature and unwind.
“As part of our goal to encourage greater use of the countryside, the River Tay Way offers visitors a way to explore to some of Perthshire’s most spectacular sites; it links communities between Kenmore at Loch Tay all the way to Perth; and is creating new and improved cycling infrastructure that will provide better active travel opportunities for work or leisure.
“The project ultimately aims to help improve the health of users, create sustainable community links, and will develop tourism income when restrictions are lifted.”
By purchasing Co-op branded products, the community in Dunkeld have directly benefitted three community causes including the River Tay Way.
Shoppers can participate in selecting future recipients of fundraising by visiting the website and nominating their chosen special causes who will then receive 1% of the money spent on Co-op branded products.
The funds raised by Co-op customers in Dunkeld will help the PKCY develop signage, leaflets, interpretation, online presence, and other promotional activities to promote both active travel routes, encouraging both residents and visitors alike to further the benefits to their health and wellbeing in nature.
To find out more about the River Tay Way, please visit: www.rivertayway.org
Or to nominate future recipients of fundraising, please visit: www.coop.co.uk/membership