Fairways and wild places

Ryder Cup ‘Green Drive’ event highlights link between sport and nature.

Ryder Cup ‘Green Drive’ event highlights link between sport and nature

Trust Chief Executive Stuart Brooks praised the Ryder Cup Green Drive initiative for its boost to the conservation of our wildest landscapes and other environmental projects.

The Green Drive – a partnership between the Ryder Cup Europe, the Scottish Government, the Golf Environmental Organisation, and Perth and Kinross Council – has supported four organisations, including the John Muir Trust, to help leave behind a strong environmental legacy for Scotland in the wake of the tournament.

These will focus on landscape and ecological conservation, waste management and youth education. Assistance from the Green Drive has enabled the Trust to expand our work in the fields of:

• nature engagement via the John Muir Award, which has been completed by 12,000 people across Scotland this year alone aged from seven to seventy
• native woodland expansion from Glenlude in the Borders to Assynt in the far north west
• peatland restoration at a number of locations across the Highlands.

Stuart Brooks said: “As the representative of an organisation which draws its inspiration from one of the greatest of all Scots-Americans, I am delighted to be part of this tremendous transatlantic sporting occasion.

“With TV crews from across Europe and the USA converging on the magnificent Perthshire countryside in its glorious autumnal majesty, the Ryder Cup will help to promote Scotland's rich natural heritage around the world.

“But as the experience of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow underlines, it’s also important we make sure these great international occasions leave behind a positive legacy here in Scotland.

“Thanks to the Green Drive, the John Muir Trust has been able to step up its work on wild land conservation and in bringing people and nature closer together.

“We’d like to thank Ryder Cup Europe, the Scottish Government and the other partners for helping pioneer an initiative which will benefit Scotland for many generations to come.”