Protecting wild land
The John Muir Trust is dedicated to protecting wild land - large areas of high scenic and wildlife value, with minimal evidence of modern human development
We raise awareness of the unique and irreplacable benefits of wild land - clean air, water, flood prevention, protection of rare peatlands, retention of carbon in the ground and health and well-being.
We work hard to persuade governments and policy makers of the benefits of wild land, the value in protecting and restoring it, and that there is strong public support for better protection for wild land. Current policy work areas include work to ensure the principles of the Wild Land Areas map are upheld, energy, land reform in Scotland, campaigning for planning democracy and working to increase understanding of rewilding and the need for stronger deer control.
We stand up for wild land when it comes under threat - challenging inappropriate developments that will damage wild land. We recently took legal action against the Scottish Government's decision to consent the giant Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains. We are currently campaigning to save Wild Land Area 34 in the far north of Scotland. By making a donation you can help us continue to campaign for wild land.
Our work makes a difference
In 2014 our campaigning helped get a map of official Wild Land Areas recognised by the Scottish Government and included in planning policy.
TGO Outdoor Campaigner of the Year 2014
Proud winners of Outdoor Campaigner of the Year in the Great Outdoors Awards 2014
The wedges of development are being driven hard, and none of the obstacles or defences of nature can long withstand the onset ...John Muir