Points of Light Award for Trust co-founder
Denis Mollison's "extraordinary contribution to conservation" recognised by Prime Minister
John Muir Trust co-founder Professor Denis Mollison from Edinburgh has been honoured with a special award from 10 Downing Street, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who have made a difference to their communities.
Denis is the 737th recipient of the daily Points of Light Award for his indefatigable conservation charity work over past 40 years. As well as co-founding the Trust and serving on the board of trustees for over 25 years, Denis is also a previous General Secretary and Chair of the Mountain Bothies Association, and is currently the Chair of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
In a personal letter to Denis, the Prime Minister wrote: “You have made an extraordinary contribution to conservation, helping to ensure that wild places are protected, enhanced and valued by and for everyone. In particular, you have encouraged thousands of people across the country to get involved in conservation through the John Muir Award.”
Denis Mollison said: “It has been deeply satisfying to have been part of the Trust as it has developed, over more than 30 years, from an idea shared by just four of us into an established charity that manages some of Britain’s finest wild land, influences national policy and helps thousands of young people engage with nature.”
Andrew Bachell, Chief Executive said: “Denis has been a stalwart of the Trust since its foundation in 1983 and has also played a key role in other environmental and conservation bodies, while pursuing a successful academic career. On behalf of the Trust, I’d like to congratulate Denis on this well-deserved award.”
Photo shows Denis re-laying the ridge tiles at the bothy he maintains for the Mountain Bothies Association which he has been involved with over 43 years.