how does the crawick multiverse promote sustainability, support the local community and protect our environment?
Proud supporters of Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere.
A UNESCO Bioshphere is a special designation, awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
It means that Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.
Crawick Multiverse works with the Bioshphere to promote and encourage environmental and social responsibilities. Find out more about the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
Providing high quality tourism and visitor experiences in D&G.
By providing great facilities, publicity, an incredible experience and high standards of customer service, we aim to encourage tourism to our area.
By encouraging tourism and promoting other local businesses and attractions, we can help to bring much needed sources of income, awareness and footfall to our community.
By increasing visitor numbers, we can also build more consistent and quality employment opportunities for local people.
Permanent employment and training opportunities for local people.
The Crawick Multiverse Trust is committed to promoting and encouraging local professional talent.
As well as our Board of Trustees, who bring a wealth of talent, experience, connections to the site, we are also employing a growing team of local people to manage and organise operations at Crawick.
This year, we have been able to employ a further three local young people. We continue to offer training and opportunities to our staff to encourage career development and improve our visitor experience.
Sustainable development and environmentally friendly improvement.
As we continue to invest in the site and improve our facilities and access, we are committed to making sustainable choices that protect our environment and support our local community.
Our Coalface visitor centre was completed in 2021 and was a Civic Trust Award finalist. Designed by sustainable building specialists Sam Booth and Maggie Savage of Echo Living.
The Coalface cleverly repurposes three containers to house the Crawick Multiverse office and ticket kiosk, storage room and toilet facilities around a multi use covered courtyard.
Read more about the construction and design of The Coalface here.
Venue for events, weddings and outdoor education.
The Crawick Multiverse lends itself naturally to use as an outdoor events venue. We began exploring ways to utilise the site in 2019. So far, we have been able to host a range of activities such as Stargazing, Fitness Classes, Dance Performances, Weddings, Outdoor Learning for local schools, Independent Music Performances and even started our own Music Festival!
Providing a multi-purpose outdoor venue that benefits the local and wider communities has proven a popular and welcome use of the site. To view our events calendar for this season click here.
Protecting nature and the environment.
The Multiverse spans a 55 acre site in the Upper Nithsdale valley. We are incredibly fortunate to be visited by a diverse range of wildlife such as deer, red kites, oyster catchers, hares, buzzards and all manner of insects. Visitors to the site are encouraged to tell us about the wildlife they spot whilst exploring.
The site is not host to any livestock or motorised vehicles so provides a quiet and undisturbed natural environment. We have a programme of tree planting, wildflower meadows and more in place for 2022. Together with our natural water supply, ponds, wild areas and natural shelter, the Multiverse provides a great home to all manner of species.
Waste bins and recycling facilities are available for visitors.
Supporting local business and producers.
Our Coalface visitor centre offers a range of snacks and drinks. Where possible, we source these locally. We offer a tasty range of freshly baked cakes and snacks from businesses in Sanquhar. Food and Drink suppliers for our events are sourced from within our Biosphere area.
All cleaning products used in our facilities are eco-friendly and are supplied by another local business who refill and reuse the packaging. This reduces the amount of waste we produce and ensures that we don’t pollute our local water courses with unsafe chemicals.
If you’re staying locally or visiting us from further afield, visit our Local Area page to discover accommodation, food and drink, facilities, more attractions and even the closest petrol station. Our area has so much to offer visitors!
Promoting our culture and heritage
The South of Scotland is an area rich in culture, history and heritage. We are incredibly proud of this and love to share the experience with our visitors from all corners of the world.
As well as experiencing the warm welcome from the people who live and work here, visitors can soak in arts, performances, exhibitions and more. Both at Crawick and in the local area.
Our events schedule includes traditional and contemporary performances from a wide range of genres. From music to dance, we’ve got something for everyone.
We collaborate with other local events such as the D&G Arts Festival, Riding of The Marches and more. Promoting cultural heritage in South West Scotland.
how crawick multiverse supports the vision and values of the unesco biosphere
we are proud of our area and heritage
The Crawick Multiverse Trust are active supporters of this incredible community. Our goal is to make The Multiverse a multipurpose venue for the local community to enjoy and utilise. Through continued investment, development and planning, we hope that this incredible space will be around for generations to come. Here are some of the ways that we encourage, promote and support the local community and the Biosphere area as a whole.
- Providing open space for outdoor education opportunities.
- Engaging with local schools, groups and organisations.
- Following a programme of sustainable development, focusing on renewable materials and the environment.
- Sympathetic maintenance and care of the grounds – protecting our wildlife.
- Preserving and celebrating our Site’s Mining history and community.
- Providing an affordable and great value activity for families to enjoy.
- Staging a range of events, incorporating local artists and performers.
- Sourcing our materials, supplies and outsourced work from local businesses.
- Working closely with other businesses in the Biosphere to promote tourism and engagement in the area.
- Actively promoting our area and everything that it has to offer, not just our site!