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The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We are having to make changes to how we run the John Muir Award.

Like many other charities and membership organisations, the John Muir Trust is operating within a particularly challenging financial environment.

Over the past couple of years our operating costs have been considerably higher than our income, and our budget and financial planning process for the current year revealed a serious financial deficit.

Even after reducing costs across all budgets, the Trust was left with no option but to take the incredibly difficult decision to put 19 jobs at risk. These staff capacity constraints mean: 

  • We are currently unable to accept new Proposal Forms for the Award.
  • Any Proposal Forms received before 23 March 2024 will be reviewed and registered providing Criteria can be met and the Awards are intended to be completed by 1 September 2024.
  • We are no longer able to offer hard copy certificates upon Award completion. Instead, where registered participants have achieved the Award Criteria, we will only provide emailed electronic certificates (PDF format).

To support with questions you may have, please see our updated FAQs.

Future plans

The John Muir Trust is committed to continuing its work to redesign and improve the John Muir Award, and our focus is to launch the redesigned Award in 2025. We will be sharing updates on progress through the autumn and winter via our website and Award eBulletin – you can sign up to receive these here.

How can you help?

Support our Vital Appeal or become a Member of the John Muir Trust.

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