UK’s biggest wild land charity comes to Caernarfon

Award-winning Anglesey photo artist to be guest speaker at John Muir Trust’s first AGM in Wales

This weekend over 100 delegates and guests of the John Muir Trust will converge on Caernarfon to debate the future for wild places across the UK.

The conservation charity, which owns and manages Britain’s highest peak Ben Nevis, along with a number of other spectacular areas of wild land in Scotland, is to hold its AGM this year in the Galeri Caernarfon on Saturday 16 May. Councillor Caerwyn Roberts OBE, Chairman of the Snowdonia National Park, will welcome delegates to the gathering.

Among other things, the AGM will establish a John Muir Trust Wales Working Group to boost the activity and raise the profile of the Trust in Wales. Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive for the John Muir Trust said: “We chose to hold our AGM in the beautiful town of Caernarfon, which is within striking distance of some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes in Britain. Wales is home to some of our best wild land.

“We work throughout the United Kingdom, and have a long association with Wales, working with 140 partner organisations in the country to deliver the John Muir Award, our initiative that connects people with nature. We now intend strengthening our work further in Wales.

Following the AGM, at 8.00pm on Saturday 16 May in Galeri Caernarfon, landscape photo artist Glyn Davies will deliver the Spirit of Wild Places lecture. He will showcase some of his magnificent images of wild Wales – which were presented in book form as a wedding gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by the Prime Minister. The event is open to the wider public with tickets available from the venue.

Glyn said: “I’m delighted to be speaking at the John Muir Trust annual gathering with kindred spirits who will understand my love of the elemental wild places where you can wander free from obvious signs of human activity. More than ever before, there is a need to fight for and preserve those remaining areas of Britain that have so far escaped mass industrialisation.”  

Following the AGM, delegates will take part in a number of guided local excursions, including:
•    A waterfall walk around the Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve
•    A mountain walk around the Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
•    A low level walk along the north of the Menai Strait to the Coed Mor woodland
•    An exploration by canoe of the hidden coves and secret lagoons of Llyn Padarn.