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Hotel signs up to support vital projects

A new partnership has been launched between the South Downs National Park Trust and leading Hampshire boutique hotel, The Village Inn.

With the aim of helping to protect the South Downs National Park for future generations, the Village Inn in Buriton, near Petersfield, has become an official Visitor Giving Partner of the Trust.

The partnership means guests have the option of donating on top of the cost of their stay to help protect the extraordinary landscape on Petersfield’s doorstep.

All donations will go to the Trust, which is working closely with national and community-based organisations for the benefit of the National Park and the people for whom it was created. Among the initiatives the Trust is helping to fund are new community cycling and walking routes, including for those with limited mobility and young families, and the protection of endangered species such as the White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly.

Owner Chris Cooper said: “We are very proud to provide a great standard of accommodation, food and service to people visiting the uniquely beautiful South Downs National Park – a very special place!

“We believe it is vital, as responsible citizens, that we give something back and that’s why we’re delighted to support Visitor Giving. The scheme mirrors our values of ensuring our surroundings and environment are sustainably maintained and preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of today’s and future visitors to the area.”

Visitor giving is a simple way of inviting voluntary donations from visitors, inspiring them to put something back into looking after the places they love to visit. Any business interested can contact Sandra Grant on Sandra.Grant@southdownstrust.org.uk or call 01730 819223.