Your Contributions Making a Difference
At the end of 2017 Wilderness Scotland signed a new partnership with the John Muir Trust to become a Peak Partner of their organisation. The essence of the partnership is that Wilderness Scotland make a £5,000 minimum donation to the trust per year, and in return for giving this minimum amount we get to say what project we would like the trust to spend our donation on. This suits us because we have a long history of partnership with the JMT but in the past we did not know whether our funds were going toward projects on the ground or simply toward the trust’s running costs. As a sustainable business, it’s important to us that we find ways to engage with the conservation of the landscapes in which we operate.
The funds for this donation come from our Conservation Contributions – an optional payment that is made directly to us by our clients as part of their booking. Our partnership in 2018 has been funded by the contributions given in 2017, which totalled £5,675.
After a vote within the Wilderness Scotland team it was decided that the funds from 2017 should go toward the JMT’s property on the Isle of Skye, where the trust manages extensive estates including within the Cuillin scenic area. As Skye has gained a fair amount of negative press recently due to the impacts of over-tourism in some places this is a great choice, and will give both action and credibility to our position as a sustainable tour operator trying to both reduce and reverse damage to natural environments.