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Timberbush & the Environment

Committed to preserving Scotland's natural heritage

Timberbush Tours are conscious of the importance of preserving and maintaining Scotland’s natural beauty and how, as a business, we operate within our natural environment.

We have adapted and continue to promote environmental awareness within the business and to our customers. All of our vehicles are fuel efficient, with the latest engines and are all upgraded every 3 years to ensure maximum efficiency. Our Driver-Guides are trained to drive as safely and environmentally friendly as possible. In addition, our Reservations and Transport offices, where possible, recycle materials such as printer cartridges, paper, plastic, cans, mobile telephones and computers and are encouraged to leave the car and commute to work via public transport.

We also aim to support local businesses in Scotland when transporting passengers on our extended 2,3 and 5 day tours, so that they can contribute to sustaining local communities. This includes booking accommodation for you in locally owned hostels, bed & breakfasts and hotels, to ensure you have that authentic Scottish experience whilst supporting the local economy.

Our tour brochures are printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper, which means that the paper used for printing is from responsible sources. We work and donate regularly to charities such as Trees for Life and It’s Good to Give, and our tours are often offered as prizes at fundraising events.

We are always thinking of ways we can improve aspects of our business to reduce the negative impact we have socially and environmentally. You can view our 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report here.

Ways Timberbush contributes to the environment

Green Tourism Award

We are extremely proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme for our continuing efforts and encourage those that we work in collaboration with to do the same. If you would like to view Timberbush Tours Environmental Policy, please find it here.

We also encourage our customers to join Timberbush Tours in helping to preserve and protect the environment. To find out how you can help, please read our Responsible Visitor's Charter.

 

Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme

We have also recently been awarded a 5 star rating by ECO Stars! The fleet recognition scheme aims to assist fleet operators with reducing their emissions, fuel consumption and their overall carbon footprint. ECO Stars rates each vehicle individually as well as the fleet as a whole based on their current operational and environmental performance. We are very proud of this rating and that our vehicles adhere to such a high standard.

 

Environmentally Friendly Scotland tours from Edinburgh

Trees For Life

As a means of offsetting our carbon footprint, Timberbush Tours are proud to support Trees for Life, a Scottish conservation charity dedicated to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. When making your booking with Timberbush Tours, we encourage you to select the option to donate £1 to this worthy cause as a means of keeping Scotland as beautiful as it is now for future generations. To learn more, please click here.

 

Our Volunteering Work

Timberbush Tours staff take an active role in local green projects such as beach clean-ups at Silverknowes and planting trees at Kinclaven. We feel it is important to play an active role in the preservation and restoration of Scotland’s beautiful landscape.

To continue to monitor our work in this area please check the News and Offers section of our website.

 

Ways you can contribute to the environment

Your carbon footprint

It can be difficult to decide how much you should donate to offset your carbon footprint for travelling on your holiday.

You can calculate your emissions incurred through your visit to Scotland using the following link.

In order to offset your carbon footprint; our chosen charity, Trees For Life, require a donation of only £5 to plant one tree.

 

Did you know a tree can absorb as much as 48lbs of carbon dioxide per year, which over the course of 40 years would be almost 1 tonne of CO2! Donating to this wonderful charity is an excellent way to travel without a heavy conscience.

At Timberbush Tours we have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our tours in order to ensure that we don’t do more damage than we can prevent. If you would like to see the carbon footprint that each of our tours make and the suggested donation to offset the carbon dioxide caused, then please follow this link.

 

Scottish Wildlife

Additionally, we encourage our passengers to keep their eyes out for local wildlife whilst on tour. Scotland has some of the most beautiful animals in the World, but certain species are becoming endangered due to pollution and deforestation. Be aware of the habitat you're in and the impact littering can have on wildlife.

We have comprised a helpful guide on what birdlife may be found on your tour, which can be found here.

One of the most environmentally friendly (and enjoyable!) ways to access the Highlands of Scotland, is to travel in groups using just one vehicle.

 

Since day one I have been keenly aware of the impact transport can have on the environment, and the need to preserve Scotland’s beautiful, rural countryside, so that future generations may continue to enjoy it. 

 

That’s why I take great care over the type of vehicles we use and how we maintain them, the training we offer our staff, and the overall way in which we operate the business, to ensure that Scotland stays as green and lovely as it is now.

- Gary Voy, Director of Timberbush Tours