A new ‘environmental quality’ brand aimed at promoting landscape-friendly local produce and products in the Cotswolds has been established by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The Cotswolds Choice brand recognises the high standards of environmental and landscape management for which farmers and landowners in the Cotswolds AONB are renowned, helping consumers to choose and support foods and products that are so much a part of what makes the area special.
Companies that can demonstrate how their products support a high quality local environment are entitled to use the Cotswolds Choice name and logo through membership of the Cotswolds Choice scheme. The Cotswold Choice logo reflects the official logo of the AONB which can be found for example; on the official AONB websites (500,000 visits annually), the Cotswold Lion magazine (90,000 copies annually) and the 34 roadside AONB boundary markers.
With generous assistance from the Stroud District Council’s Food Grants 2014, the Cotswolds Choice scheme was piloted initially in the Stroud area, and the aim is now to roll the scheme out across the whole of the Cotswolds. If you would like to learn more about Cotswolds Choice, contact Simon Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01451 862031.
Would you like to get involved with Cotswolds Choice?
Membership is opened to any business that meets the qualification criteria. There are two levels of membership:
- Full Membership for businesses involved in the production, processing and retailing of products that qualify to carry the Cotswold Choice brand
- Associate Membership for organisations and individuals who are able to promote and support the scheme such as public sector bodies that may procure Cotswold Choice products, business advisers and other supporters
For further details, download the following documents:
- Guide to the Cotswolds Choice Scheme
- Cotswolds Choice Application Form
- Cotswolds Choice Product Entry Form
Buying local produce - be it from a major supermarket or a local farmers market - has an important part to play in keeping the landscape special and there are numerous places where you can buy fresh, local food and drink – farmers’ markets, farm shops, specialist retailers and even many supermarkets are now stocking a good range of locally produced food and drink.
Great places to chat to producers and pick up fresh, local fare. Including:
Bath (every Sat, Green Park)
Bourton-on-the-Water (4th Sun of month, Countrywide Stores)
Bradford on Avon (3rd Thurs of month, Westbury Gardens; last Sun of month, Lamb Yard)
Charlbury (2nd Sat quarterly: Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec, The Playing Close)
Cheltenham (2nd & last Fri of month, the Promenade)
Chipping Norton (3rd Sat of month, Market Square)
Cirencester (2nd / 4th Sat of month, Market Place)
Dursley (2nd Sat of month, Town Hall)
Nailsworth (4th Sat of month, Mortimer Gardens)
Stow-on-the Wold (2nd Thurs of month, Market Square)
Stroud (every Sat, Cornhill Market Place & surrounding streets)
Winchcombe (3rd Sat of month, town centre)
Woodstock (1st Sat of month, in front of Town Hall)
Wotton-under-Edge (1st Sat of month, Town Hall)
Tetbury Food and Drink Festival, in September, showcases the best of local, seasonal produce, culminating in the Market on the Sunday. Events from Call my Quaff wine tasting to demonstrations by top local chefs (www.tetburyfooddrinkfestival.com).
Apple Days at venues around the Cotswolds in October are alive with apple bobbing, juice and cider sampling, and all sorts of fruity fun. Including: Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh, (www.nationaltrust.org.uk); Chadlington, (www.chadlington.com); Museum in the Park, Stroud, (www.museuminthepark.org.uk) and Hayles Fruit Farm (www.haylesfruitfarm.co.uk)