The Trust has a significant contribution to make at this time of environmental crisis. Restoring and extending wild lands and working with resident and visitor communities to conserve these places, has the potential to inspire and involve many more people as a crucial part of an emerging vision for a flourishing future. My experience could contribute to a number of Trust activities - publications, social research and evaluation, educational opportunities such as the John Muir Award, policy development and community engagement.
After graduating I became an outdoor educator in schools and then in youth work. Scouting expeditions to the Hebrides were followed by annual school visits to Knoydart and the Small Isles and a love for the west coast. Exploring Scotland’s remoter places and being immersed in the culture and wildlife has been a passion ever since. I joined the Trust not long after it was formed and, in the 1990s, as a volunteer, ran fundraising sailing cruises for the Trust in the Hebrides.
For the last 35 years I have lived and worked in the Lake District as an educational advisor founding the Outdoor Education field’s journal, Adventure Education and Outdoor Leadership and helping the development of outdoor education in several countries. I then became a university lecturer and researcher in outdoor education, first at Murray House College and then at Charlotte Mason College (now the University of Cumbria - UoC) and, latterly, becoming the research lead for Human Nature Relations in the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas at UoC reflecting my interest in the relationship between communities and landscapes.
Since the Trust established its presence in Cumbria it has been a pleasure to support this development as a volunteer at John Muir Award events, volunteer meets and by hosting regional members gatherings at the UoC.
Will Williams, Graham Watson, Judith Cooke, Dominick Spracklen, Jude Spracklen