Better Places Green Recovery Fund 2 - eligibility and outcomes

What kind of activity will we fund?

Our Better Places Green Recovery Fund Round 2 will fund additional visitor management activity in “hot spot” locations in Scotland during the 2021 season over and above any service improvements and infrastructure already budgeted for or in place. 

The fund will support:

  1. Visitor management operational services: Funding for new and additional seasonal ranger and visitor management posts. The funding of staff posts is for the 2021 season only and will extend as a maximum to the end of October 2021.
  2. Visitor infrastructure: Funding for projects that can be delivered quickly and help address visitor pressures at busy hot spot locations, including temporary or permanent infrastructure. Applicants can apply for up to a maximum of £75K.

Applications should relate to a specific location or area. More than one application can be made by a single organisation.

The overall outcomes sought include an improved visitor experience, improved visitor behaviours and reduced impact on communities, land managers and the natural and cultural heritage. Your project must contribute to the essential outcome and at least one additional outcome.

Essential outcomes

  • Visitor management measures are in place and operational at visitor “hotspot” locations, in time for summer 2021.

Additional outcomes

  • Communities and interested parties see or are involved in positive action to address issues and visitor impacts leading to improvements to local and visitor experiences and place.
  • Designed solutions and options from visitor management plans are taken forward leading to improvements to places, including green/blue space, which people visit and live beside.
  • Communities, including landowners, land managers, businesses and visitors are motivated or empowered to help deliver plans and activities in a collaborative way.
  • Places under pressure and suffering negative impacts from increased visitation are managed in a sustainable way that supports low impact responsible enjoyment.
  • Solutions provide a source of visitor generated income that helps to sustain the infrastructure or service provision.
  • Solutions are implemented that encourage a low carbon impact, particularly in areas prone to high levels of car-based access.
  • Projects and activity align with strategic plans for the area or location and help deliver priority actions.
  • Projects and activity that support national communications activity for visitor management.
  • NatureScot and its strategic partner agencies, including the Scottish Government, are better informed about visitor management activity and action applied in 2021 for managing impacts and developing opportunities linked to green tourism.

    Examples of the kind of activities we could fund:

    Visitor management operational services:

    • Seasonal rangers, full-time, part-time, full season, part of the season, including overheads; and leading on visitor engagement, promotion of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, dealing with issues, patrolling, monitoring impacts, liaison with communities, volunteers, landowners, agencies, police etc.
    • Visitor operational staff, full-time, part-time, full season, part of season including overheads. Providing support services to ensure the effective operation of outdoor visitor facilities and services such as managing litter, parking, toilets, camping provision, campervans etc.

    Temporary or short term visitor infrastructure:

    • The hire or purchase of temporary items such as:

    – Toilets/portaloos.

    – Bins and recycled waste provision.

    – Variable message signage.

    • The construction and installation of temporary infrastructure such as:

    – Traffic management measures such as additional car and bike parking provision and travel hub development.

    – Advisory, information and interpretation e.g. signage.

    – Camping/campervan provision.

    – Bins/recycled waste provision.

    Permanent visitor infrastructure:

    • The construction and installation of items such as:

    – Toilets (new or upgraded).

    – Traffic management measures such as additional car and bike parking and provision for low carbon travel.

    – Advisory, information and interpretation signage.

    – Camping provision (low key basic).

    – Campervan facilities (aires) including service hubs (waste disposal/water supply).

    – Bins/recycled waste provision.

    – Paths required to manage capacity issues, including urgent repairs.

    – Landscape improvements/repairs and mitigation measures.

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