Trust AGM to be held in the shadow of Helvellyn

2018 annual members' gathering in Glenridding Common on 11 and 12 May

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This weekend (Friday 11th – Saturday 12th May) around 150 delegates and guests of the John Muir Trust from all over the UK will gather in Glenridding Village Hall at the southern end of Ullswater to discuss the future for wild places in the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and other rural and urban areas across Britain.

The Trust last year took on the management of Glenridding Common, which includes stretches from the outskirts of the village to the summit of Helvellyn, taking in Striding Edge, Swirral Edge and Red Tarn.

The weekend will kick off with an informal social gathering on the Friday evening with local keynote speakers including Julia Aglionby, the Chair of the Foundation for Common Land; Rob Shepherd, Chair of Patterdale Parish Council; Joanne Backshall, Manager of Fix the Fells; and Pete Barron, John Muir Trust Land Manager for Glenridding Common. A special presentation will be made to Outward Bound Trust in recognition that is has delivered 10,000 John Muir Award's through its Ullswater centre. 

Following the business of the AGM on Saturday morning, delegates will then divide into groups to get a flavour of the natural and cultural heritage of the area, including trips to sites including Aira Force, Red Tarn, and the Greenside Mine as well as a walking tour of Glenridding Common with the Outward Bound Trust.

Chair of the John Muir Trust, Peter Pearson – who lives in Keswick – said: “Our members are looking forward to spending the weekend in such a beautiful part of the world. We wanted to bring our AGM and members gathering right into the heart of a community that we intend to work closely with over these next few years and hopefully beyond.