Trust named ‘Outdoor Campaigner of the Year’

Members of the public vote John Muir Trust winner of title ‘Outdoor Campaigner of the Year’ at The Great Outdoors Awards 2014.

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Members of the public have voted for the John Muir Trust to win the title ‘Outdoor Campaigner of the Year’ at the prestigious The Great Outdoors Awards 2014 ceremony, held in Kendal on 19 November.

Around 100 people attended, including retailers; outdoor gear manufacturers; tourism providers; writers; bloggers and personalities - like Sir Chris Bonington, who won this year’s ‘Outdoor Personality of the Year’ award.

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TGO magazine’s acting editor, Daniel Nielson, presented the 'Outdoor Campaigner of the Year' award to Jeremy Prall from our fundraising team, who accepted the framed certificate on behalf of the Trust.

Jeremy said: “With high profile campaigners (including Friends of Blencathra) also nominated, I wasn’t expecting the Trust to win. It was a pleasant surprise when Daniel said, ‘... and the winner is... The John Muir Trust’.

The Trust's head of policy, Helen McDade, said: “It’s a great tribute to a very busy and highly successful year of campaigning in the Trust. The publication of the Wild Land Areas map and its recognition by the Scottish Government in national planning policy in June was the obvious highlight.

"However, as John Muir said: 'The battle for conservation will go on endlessly...' We are now involved in a major legal challenge to stop the giant Stronelairg wind farm in the heart of the Monadhliath Mountains."