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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Preserve the English Countryside in the Cotswolds

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CotswoldLondon is teeming with activities, but don’t miss the opportunity to get outside of the city and experience the English countryside. The organization Responsible Travel gives you the option to spend a weekend giving back. Here, you can help preserve the British landscape by rebuilding an important structural stone wall with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyCheck out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

Responsible Travel directs visitors to the volunteer opportunities that best suite their areas of interest. They have partnered with the Cotswolds Conservation Board, an independent organization founded in 2004, to employ volunteers to “conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds area.” In addition to preserving architecturally significant sites, the organization is also committed to restoring the area’s landscape. There are over 300 active volunteers maintaining the stone wall and the surrounding area. As many as 40,000 volunteers pass through annually. With more than 4,000 miles of dry stone wall and 800 square miles of farmland, volunteers are an essential part of these restoration efforts.

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty greets over 23 million visitors every year and the tourism generates over one billion pounds in revenue. The Cotswold Conservation Board helps promote sustainable travel, maintains and creates jobs, and preserves cultural heritage. For more information on how you can get involved, e-mail rebecca.jones@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or click here.

By Alyssa Caverley for PeterGreenberg.com 

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