Birth of a wild idea
The John Muir Trust was formed in February 1983 to conserve and protect wild places with their indigenous animals, plants and soils for the benefit of present and future generations.
At the time, the Ministry of Defence was considering purchasing the Knoydart peninsula, which would have seen this remarkable landscape closed to the public. Thanks to the efforts of our four founding members and early supporters, the future of this special wild place was secured so that nature could restore itself and people could continue to enjoy it.
Over the past four decades we have followed in their footsteps and now safeguard over 65,000 acres of wild places, where nature, people and communities have the freedom to thrive – supported by our Members, without whom none of this could be possible.
Bold vision for the future
We believe wild places are for everyone and that society is enriched when nature, people and communities have the freedom to thrive.
We have a vision of a world where the benefits of wild places are recognised, and they receive the care necessary to protect and enhance them for future generations.
We believe that, in order to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, we need to give nature the space to restore - but people are central to that story. Wild places benefit our physical and mental health, and help communities grow and prosper.
Share your vision for wild places
What's your creative response to the call of wild places? We invite artists/groups from all disciplines and practice to submit work for our first Creative Freedom exhibition.
With categories for writers, photographers, painters, sculptors, videographers and more, we want to know what does "freedom for wild places" mean to you?
Find out more at our Creative Freedom webpage.
Share your Wild Moments and help us celebrate 40 years
40 Years of Wild Ambition
Examine the key issues that have been relevant to the Trust over the past 40 years from a modern perspective in a special edition of the Journal that has been curated by our Members and volunteers.
Origin story of the John Muir Trust
"Chris agreed with my suggestion that any new trust should be named after John Muir..."
One of our founders, Denis Mollison, recounts a rocky journey that led to the Memorandum and Articles of the Trust being signed on 19 January 1983, before the charity was officially formed on 2 February that same year.