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    • John Muir Trust

      For Wild Lands & Wild Places. Mountain Equipment and John Muir Trust have long shared a respect and reverence for the mountain environments we enjoy and depend upon, along with a committed approach to preserving these environments for the benefit of people and nature.

      Path maintenance on Ben Nevis, Lochaber.

    About the Trust

    The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity which was founded in 1983 to protect and enhance wild places. Collaborating with partners and local communities, the Trust works towards the landscape-scale restoration of natural processes, including the expansion of native woodlands, restoring native peatlands, nurturing rare mountain plants, and repairing footpaths through some of the country's wildest places.

    The Trust also campaigns to persuade governments and policy makers of the benefits of wild land and the value of protecting and restoring it, and advocates for policy changes that benefit the health of all life, whether plants, animals, people or planet. The global climate and biodiversity crises can feel overwhelming, but improved land management holds the seeds of hope for our future.

    By inspiring and encouraging people from all walks of life to enjoy, connect and care for wild nature and to get involved in direct, practical action the Trust enables them to benefit themselves and their environment. The John Muir Award, operates across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, working with 1,200 partner organisations to deliver tens of thousands of Award certificates each year.

    Conserving Wild Places

    Alison Austin is the Property Manager for Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and a renowned climbing venue. People travel from around the world to sample adventurous ice routes during the winter months, and explore the rugged terrain when summer finally arrives.

    Protecting Our Landscape

    The Trust owns and manages some of UK’s best loved wild landscapes in order to protect and conserve them for the benefit of us all. Amongst others, the Trust currently cares for:

    Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Glenridding Common, including the summit of Helvellyn. A substantial part of the Cuillin mountain range on Skye. A large mountain and coastal area on the remote Knoydart peninsula. Sandwood Bay and its surrounding hinterland, far North West coast of Scotland. Schiehallion, the famous mountain in Highland Perthshire where contour lines were first devised. Quinag, a complex three-peak mountain in Assynt, Sutherland.

    Join the Trust and support their work to protect our most loved wild places.

    Tree planting in Wythburn. Photo by Steve Ashworth.

    21 Years of protecting The Ben and The Glen

    In 2021 John Muir Trust celebrates 21 years of looking after the UK’s highest mountain for the benefit of people and nature. Working with communities and partners, the Trust helps manage visitor impact, maintain footpaths, carry out wildlife and habitat surveys, and encourage the expansion of native woodland.

    Support the John Muir Trust's Nevis 21 Appeal and help raise funds for the UK's highest mountain. Your gift will help repair and maintain paths, protect and restore wild habitats for wildlife such as the golden eagle and mountain ringlet butterfly, restore native woodlands and help manage visitor impact.

    Path Maintenance on Ben Nevis. Photo by Chris Prescott.

    Equipped For Conservation

    Mountain Equipment is a corporate member of the John Muir Trust supporting the charity in a number of ways. This includes equipping its land staff with clothing and equipment, a vital resource for those involved in year round conservation work in some of our wildest and most precious landscapes.

    • Tree planting in Wythburn. Photo by Steve Ashworth.

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