Helping to preserve a countryside way of life… fromvintage holiday cottages to pig keeping courses!
An innovate scheme in Shropshire helping to preserve a centuries-oldway of life aims to tempt visitors with everything from vintage cottagesand tearooms to traditional jam-making… and even courses on how tokeep pigs!Countryside businesses committed to becoming more sustainable have joined forces as part of the scheme to protect landscapes, lifestyles andlivelihoods in the remote and picturesque Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.More than 100 local businesses have signed up for The Shropshire HillsSustainable Business Scheme which champions a ‘Buy Local’ message toboth locals and visitors, while every business also pledges to do theirown bit to reduce their impact on the environment.Members are mostly the smaller cottage industries that have traditionallyhelped to support the local economy and the scheme encourages themto work more closely together and in more sustainable ways to helpthem survive in an increasingly uncertain economy.And for visitors searching out destinations where they can enjoy localfood and drink or buy local goods while helping protect wildlife andlandscapes, the scheme offers a handy guide to a range of places to eat,stay, buy and go.For a chance to turn the clock back to by-gone times
,one of the scheme’s ‘Achiever’ award winners and set in gloriouscountryside close to Ludlow, has five well-equipped self-catering cottages, including the vintage
Kibble Mill Cottage
. This former mill grinding room has been lovingly furnished and equippedwith a ‘hint of yesteryear’, with many of the pieces telling their own storyfrom the past that guests can read about during their stay.(www.mocktreeholidays.co.uk)And as an example of how businesses work together Mocktree Barns haslinked up with another scheme member,
Rock Cottage Tearooms,
where guests staying in Kibble Mill Cottage can enjoy complimentarytea/coffee and cake.Serving home made, locally sourced food, there’s a chance to step backin time at this UK Tea Guild award-winning tearoom and relax in theperiod setting, which includes music from the 30s and 40s andperiod magazines. For that extra touch there's a log fire in winter andperfumed cottage garden to sit in during summer.(www.rockecottagetearooms.co.uk)Farming has played, and continuous to play, a pivotal role in protectingthe landscapes and livelihoods of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the area’s ‘farming champions’ is