Trust supports a positive direction of travel on the John Muir Way
Our John Muir Award engagement scheme helps people explore Central Scotland Green Network Trust's long distance trail
Since it opened in 2014, Central Scotland Green Network Trust's John Muir Way has aimed to establish itself as a reachable, attractive and relevant coast to coast route across Scotland for local people and visitors. It also seeks provide opportunities for all to increase understanding of John Muir’s legacy and philosophy through getting closer to nature.
Last year, the John Muir Trust was invited to join a John Muir Way working group to share its experience of working with people and nature, focusing on three areas of work:
- encouraging people involved with the John Muir Award scheme to make use of the John Muir Way as part of their planned activities – resulting in a 20% increase from previous years
- leading on a co-designed project to develop a John Muir Way Activity Guide brimming with self-led ideas and resources on science, adventure, Curriculum for Excellence, volunteering, achievement awards and creative activities
- promoting Citizen Science projects such as Buglife’s John Muir Pollinator Way project and Central Scotland Green Network Trust’s Planting for Pollinators resource to help awareness of biodiversity.
Elaine Macintosh, John Muir Way Development Officer, Central Scotland Green Network Trust said: "Providing opportunities for getting closer to nature is one of the key aims of the John Muir Way. As one of Scotland’s Great Trails – passing right through the heart of Central Scotland – the Way gives literally millions of people new ways to discover the diverse landscapes and heritage on their doorstep.
"The John Muir Trust joining the working groups has really helped us develop the ways we are encouraging people to get involved. In particular, we see the increasing popularity of the John Muir Award as one indicator that the John Muir Way is establishing itself as an important and relevant outdoor cultural resource for local and visiting people.
"We are delighted to be working with the John Muir Trust in our shared aims of celebrating John Muir in his homeland and helping more people connect to nature.”
John Muir Trust engagement with the John Muir Way was made possible through funding support from Scottish Natural Heritage.
Images courtesy of Kimberly McLeod who walked the John Muir Way as part of her John Muir Award in 2017