Outreach Projects

Lasting Local Legacies  


Ryder Cup 2014As well as minimising any unavoidable impacts from the event, Ryder Cup partners want to extend legacies beyond Gleneagles, and beyond golf.  The Green Drive creates the opportunity to spotlight and support wider sustainability issues and initiatives. 

These 'outreach' projects are working hard to make a practical difference in the areas of landscape and biodiversity conservation; waste minimisation; youth education; and public awareness raising.  All are working at the grass roots locally, but connected to national and even global movements in sustainability.


Find out more about the important work of these grassroots initiatives, and click here to get involved and give your support.

John Muir Trust john muir
Connecting people with nature and protecting wild places.

Supporting the John Muir Trust in its celebration of the John Muir 2014 Centenary year and key areas of conservation and awareness-raising work, including:

  • Restoring and enhancing key habitats on some of Scotland’s finest wild landscapes – including 260ha of native woodland and 4,500ha of peatland. 
  • Engaging upwards of 10,000 volunteers, local communities and visitors in the practical work to enhance habitats and biodiversity. 
  • Educating and inspiring people from all walks of life to connect with nature and wild places through the John Muir Award.

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Green Golf Clubs Green Golf Clubs
Helping local golf clubs to enhance the environment and communities.

Led by the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Golf Environment Group, this project focusses on supporting golf clubs in Perth and Kinross with a package of direct advice; a self help sustainability support programme (OnCourse™); and access to a small grants for practical ecological work. 

With the opportunity for clubs to attain golf's international ecolabel - GEO Certified™.  The project will stimulate practical action in clubs and awareness across the Scottish and international golf community. 

Zero Waste Fortnightcomrie zero waste main 01
Working with local schools and community in Auchterarder and Aberuthven to avoid all waste to landfill. 

Focussed efforts in Auchterarder, Aberuthven, and beyond, based on successful model  to raise awareness, change behaviour, provide infrastructure and engage volunteer groups to move communities closer to zero waste.

Perthshire Big Tree Country Gleneagles old course tee times
Conserving the area's ancient and iconic trees and woodlands.

Supporting the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust’s vital work in the protection of the world’s rarest conifers -  iCONic (internationally threatened CONifers in our care).  Many of the species are iconic in Perthshire as a result of the global plant collecting of David Douglas and other Scottish plant hunters.  This is a project of regional importance and international resonance, and directly relevant to the landscape history of the Gleneagles Estate - the backdrop to the televised golf that will be viewed by millions of people around the world.

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