National Park Partnership Plan launches

Trust steps up its engagement work with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

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The John Muir Trust has been approved as a Lead Delivery Partner in the latest Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan 2018-2023. This commitment is to support the National Park deliver outcomes around Health Improvement and Engagement & Learning primarily through the Trust’s engagement scheme – the John Muir Award.

Since the start of the partnership between the National Park and John Muir Trust in 2013, 7000 John Muir Awards have been achieved in and around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs - with 25 per cent achieved by people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Toby Clark, John Muir Trust, John Muir Award Scotland Manager said: “The John Muir Trust believes that the more people enjoy and connect with nature, the more they will be inspired to care for and protect our wild places. It’s great that the National Park sees the John Muir Award as an engagement tool with a track record of doing this – especially with people from disadvantaged backgrounds."

The partnership between the John Muir Award and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park focuses on working with a diverse range of audiences to help support connection with nature in a National Park setting. Toby said: "One of the aims of our joint working is to help people understand how to behave responsibly when in the outdoors.

"We also know that supporting and encouraging learning in wild places aids improvements in literacy, numeracy, physical and mental health, and so we’re excited that this partnership will continue to improve people’s lives, as well as our environment.”

Find out more about the Partnership Plan.

Photo – courtesy of Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre who has been delivering the John Muir Award since Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park opened in 2002.