At Trail Running Scotland we understand that the natural environment in which we run is a fundamental part of why we love this sport. The enjoyment of any run is enhanced by taking in the natural beauty of an ancient pine forest or the surprise of seeing Red Squirrel or Capercaillie.
We believe that connection with our landscape and natural history fosters a greater appreciation of our environment and therefore our impact upon it, not just when we are out on the trail but in the rest of our lives. Getting out into the forests and mountains and learning more about them whilst enjoying the health and wellbeing of activity is hugely important to reducing our individual impact on the planet.
At Trail Running Scotland we encourage you to also consider the potential impact of our holidays and courses, and for us all to do what we can so that every course has as positive a footprint as possible.
The biggest impact of our desire to explore and enjoy our country is from our travel. Where possible we would ask you to consider using the train or other public transport. On a journey from Edinburgh to one of our Aviemore courses this would save 30kg of CO2 compared with driving.
Alternatively please try to car share, you could arrange this with other course participants on our Facebook Community page.
To try to offset the impact of our courses we have teamed up with the Cairngorms Trust, a charitable trust managed by the Cairngorms National Park for sustainable and community led local development.
£1 from every course fee is donated to the trust as our environmental levy.
In particular our donations will go towards projects that improve or maintain access. This may be path maintenance or new access projects.