Our mission and values

Our ‘What We Do’ page sums up the purpose of the website, but this page is for anyone looking for a little more detail about what makes us tick and what we hope to achieve. So, what do we care about and what do we believe in? Some answers:

Exploring the great outdoors on our doorstep

We don’t claim to be ‘experts’ on anything but we are enthusiasts – and we’re fascinated to explore the countryside around us and find out more about its flora and fauna, its history, heritage and traditions.

If you feel the same way, we hope you’ll enjoy the features, reviews and photographs on the site and want to share them with your friends. And we hope the ‘what’s on’ pages will give you some ideas about events and activities you might find interesting.

Protecting our precious countryside

Like most people who appreciate the natural environment, we’d like to do our bit to help protect it for future generations.

Support – We try to actively support organisations we believe in through our personal membership and by doing what we can to publicise their activities.

Promote – As communications professionals, we want to spread the word about conservation and protection projects, for example, as well as local events, activities, eateries and food producers.

Educate – As the website develops, we hope to play a more active educational role, but for the moment we’d certainly like to hear more from teachers about what they and their schools are doing to spread the word among young people about protecting their local environment and encourage youngsters to enjoy the great outdoors.

Campaign – Some issues are worth fighting for and will be highlighted on our Campaigns page – starting with the uphill struggle against litter and fly-tipping.

Volunteer – Talk is all very well, but sometimes action is called for – and if getting your hands dirty involves making new friends and meeting like-minded people, that sounds like a win-win situation!

Developing an online community of local people who care

As we embark on our own journey with The Beyonder, we hope it will encourage other people to embark on a journey too – whether that just means getting the family out of the house together for an outdoors adventure or discovering a new hobby, sport or enthusiasm.

We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your pictures – and hope that they will help to inspire others to take a renewed interest in the world around them too.