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Eco Attractions Group is a collaborative alliance of the UKs leading visitor attractions with a strong environmental theme. We officially represent a range of much loved and hidden gem environmental visitor attractions throughout the UK.

 

Our members share the common goal of helping to connect people with the natural world to create a more sustainable future. All offer adventure, fantastic events, inspiring interpretation and learning for everyone.

 

The Group amplifies the work of each member's unique attraction through shared promotion, joint campaigns, project collaboration and pooling of knowledge research and resources.

Eco Attractions Group is a registered Community Interest Company.

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Our Vision
 

People coming together for a sustainable future

Our Mission

 

Working together to connect people with nature and inspire sustainable living

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About Us 

Working Together

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Emma Alesworth

Executive Director

Emma supports members that collectively engage over 17 million visitors, each year, with the natural world. She is responsible for the day to day management, working with members to develop campaigns, funded projects and partnerships that help raise environmental awareness and promote the mission of the members.

She has a lifelong passion for protecting the natural world with over 22 years experience of developing natural heritage interpretation and visitor centres worldwide including the multi million £ Hong Kong Wetland park and millennium science centres in the UK. She has a background in Marine Biology.

 

Emma believes it is more important than ever to connect people, in adventurous and playful ways, with the natural world and promote sustainable living. Eco  attractions help people develop  connections, and create memories, that inspire them to engage with the natural world. She believes pioneering members can support each other by sharing their amazing resources and working together can have greater impact and reach more people.

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Peter Stewart 
New Chair & Company Director

Peter is the Company Chair, elected in June 2021 and responsible for leading Eco Attractions Group and for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.

Peter is The Eden Project Executive Director for Outreach, Development and Campaigns which includes Eden’s biggest educational outreach campaign, The Big Lunch, and was awarded a Member of the Victorian Order by The Queen for his work on the Diamond Jubilee. Prior to this Peter ran Trewidden Nursery and previously spent over 10 years in the advertising industry and working for many well-known businesses such as The Guardian.

 

Peter believes we all need to reconnect with the environment, and we can’t do this by ourselves! We need organisations like this Group, and collaborative projects, that bring people together making it easier for everyone to take action to protect and love our communities and the environment around them. Instinct to work together and do something good for people and nature is very much at the heart of this Group.

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Karl Hansen
Vice Chair & Company Director

Karl Hansen is an elected Vice Chair of Eco Attractions Group and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.

He is the Executive Director of the Trust for Sustainable Living, a leader in global sustainability education. TSL hosts the annual International Schools Essay Competition and Debates, which attract the participation of schools in over 80 countries. TSL also runs the Living Rainforest education centre in Berkshire, which welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year including 25,000 children on curriculum-linked school visits.

Inspiring current and future generations is essential if we want to build a more sustainable world. TSL is pleased to be a founding member of the Eco Attractions Group and work in partnership with other centres to create a healthier planet.

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Katharine Cockshaw
Company Director

Katharine is a company director of EAG and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.

 

She is the Executive Director of Markshall Estate a striking heritage landscape, in the heart of Essex, that receives over 50,000 visitors a year.

 

She has extensive experience in the arts and heritage management and has led on a number of development projects and previously worked for The Royal West of England, BBC Learning, Planet Mark for The Eden Project, Bristol Green Capital and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Katharine believes in the positive impact of nature and creativity on our individual and community wellbeing and is passionate about using art and craft to engage everyone with nature.

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Huw Francis
New Company Director

Huw joined the company directors of EAG in June 2021 and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.

 

Huw is the Director of The National Botanic Garden of Wales, that receives over 160,000 visitors a year. Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of the modern and historic, with an inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape. The Garden of Wales also leads in pollination research and health and well being projects that benefit the surrounding Welsh communities. 

 

He has extensive experience in managing and leading visitor experiences and social enterprises. Previously Huw was the Chief Executive of  Stòras Uibhist a social enterprise with 93,000 acre South Uist Estate, covering the islands of Eriskay, Benbecula and South Uist.

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Richard Sims

Company Secretary & Honorary Legal Advice

Richard is a founder of Eco Attractions and was involved in the early negotiations to establish it in 2011. He advises the Group on legal, governance and compliance issues.

 

In his day job, he is the Head of Legal at The Brooke, having previously acted as Secretary of St John Ambulance.

 

Richard has extensive experience of the charity sector in various capacities: as Trustee, external advisor, and senior management.

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Richard Woodward

Honorary Treasurer

Richard provides all accounting support to Eco Attractions Group and is retired now with a background in farming.

He is supportive of EAG and its members and is passionate about educating and enlightening people about the natural world and the environmental threats we are faced with.

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Peter Stewart 

Company Director

Peter is an elected Company Director of Eco Attractions Group and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.

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Katharine Cockshaw

Company Director

Katharine has recently joined the company directors of EAG and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.