The John Muir Trust is the leading wild land charity in the UK. They love wild places and are dedicated to protecting and improving them for people and wildlife. Over 10,000 members support The John Muir Trust in their work. The charity is named after and inspired by John Muir (1838-1914), the pioneering, influential Scots-born American conservationist who was passionate about the wild. Muir dedicated his life to protecting wild places and he campaigned successfully for the establishment of National Parks to safeguard vast tracts of wild lands, including Yosemite Valley in California
The Trust was founded in 1983 to safeguard the future of wild lands against development and to promote awareness and recognition of the value of such places. John Muir Trust is achieving this through ownership of over 25,000 hectares of land with partnerships in a further 93,000 hectares.
The John Muir Trust educates people about the value of wild places through the John Muir Award. It was started in 1997 to offer people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn about wild places. Through the four challenges of discover, explore, conserve and share and three progressive levels of involvement, it has so far helped over 100,000 people gain an appreciation of such places.
According to Scottish Natural Heritage the amount of land unaffected by visual intrusion fell from 31% to 28% between 2008 and 2009. Our wild land has come under increasing pressure from inappropriate developments such as roads, power lines, wind farms and industrial scale forestry.
John Muir Trust purchased East Schiehallion, situated near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire, in September 1999. 1083m (3547 ft) in height, Schiehallion is Scotland's 57th highest mountain reaching 1083m (3547 ft) in height, covering 871ha (2152 acres). The area is part of the Loch Rannoch and Glen Lyon National Scenic Area and contains part of the designated Schiehallion Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of the Schiehallion to Strath Fionan Geological Conservation Review (GCR) site.
John Muir Trust needs members to help them continue to protect wild land and inspire people about wild places. Click here to become a member of the John Muir Trust.
John Muir Trust Tower House Station Road Pitlochry PH16 5AN