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Success! John Muir Trust Conservation award

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 by Rupert Shanks

Great news from the John Muir Trust – their recent campaign to win £24,000 to enable conservation work on the Bla Bheinn path on Skye has been successful!

The competition was being run by the European Outdoor Conservation Association and the John Muir Trust were nominated by outdoor company Berghaus. After a series of voting from the public, the Bla Bheinn project came out on the top. So a huge thank you to those of you who got involved.

The Bla Bheinn path winds through one of Scotland’s most dramatic and wild locations on the island of Skye. The John Muir Trust philosophy is all about supporting people to enjoy wild places while minimising their impacts.

Path repair trainee Thomas Harper pushed a measuring wheel on Bla Bheinn, while Chris took pictures, measuring the path width and making notes on its condition.

Path repair trainee Thomas Harper pushes a measuring wheel on Bla Bheinn on Skye, measuring the path width and making notes on its condition.

Wilderness Scotland and the John Muir Trust

We have enjoyed a great relationship with the folks at the John Muir Trust for many years now. As a wilderness travel operator we strive to reduce the impact of our trips on the places we visit and run our operations as sustainably as possible. However, we also feel it’s important to support organisations such as the John Muir Trust who focus solely on protecting these wild places.

Our Conservation Contribution Scheme involves £5 from each of our travellers booking fee being set aside to be shared between the John Muir Trust and the Trees for Life organisation. This year we’re happy to be giving the John Muir Trust £2,000. We also commit to 10 days of staff volunteering with the JMT each year which is a great excuse to get out in the hills! For our annual staff gathering last November we met with Don in Assynt who took us out to collect a huge pile of fencing from the hill and bring it down to be removed. There was something hugely satisfying about seeing this load of metal gradually disappear from the hillside. We also felt we’d earned each and every dram we enjoyed that evening!

john muir trust gathering

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Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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