Postcard Urges Visitors To ‘Keep Scilly Special’

The Isles of Scilly Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty Team have produced a postcard that highlights ways that visitors can keep our islands looking their best.

The ‘Keeping Scilly Special’ postcards are available from the TIC and are being distributed to accommodation owners to hand out to their guests.

AONB Manager, Trevor Kirk, says the message is clear. “Scilly is a special place and you, the visitor, can play your part in keeping it that way.”

The AONB worked with the tourism sector on the islands, including the new Tourism Partnership, to produce the guidelines. These include recommendations to save water and recycle where possible, avoid using plastic shopping bags and to clean up after dogs.

They also ask people to turn off lights when not needed, to help maintain our dark skies, and purchase produce and crafts from local businesses.

The postcard asks people not to feed seagulls and Trevor says this is not just because of the ‘nuisance factor’ but because it encourages the birds to move away from their natural feeding patterns.

Trevor admits that, even though the postcards ask people to recycle, the cards themselves can’t be, because there is currently no paper recycling on the islands. But he says they’re printed on recycled paper and are designed to be a souvenir, not something that people will throw away.

They’ve printed 1,000 postcards, which cost around 50p each to produce and Trevor says they’ll make more if they prove popular.

The Keeping Scilly Special postcard is also available electronically through the AONB website.