Cumbrian teens do some cracking conservation work at Glenlude

John Muir Award participants from Cartmel Priory School help out at the Trust’s property in the Scottish Borders

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Not many John Muir Award groups from south of the border have the chance to visit and volunteer on land managed by the Trust in Scotland, so we were delighted when Cartmel Priory School made the trip from Cumbria to Glenlude and really got stuck in with some conserve action.

As part of their activity towards achieving their Explorer John Muir Award, 11 pupils and their teachers spent a day and a half brashing, building brash hedges, shifting fence posts and bashing bracken - as well as enjoying two nights camping in the forest with a campfire at the end of each day. They even had enough energy to stop off for a walk up to Loch Skene above the Grey Mare’s Tail on their journey home!

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Headteacher, Dr Paul Williams said: “The students all enjoyed getting into the wild and I think have made a strong connection with wild places that in many cases will last a life time.”

The group’s attitude lived up to their school’s slogan – live life to the full - said Glenlude manager Karen Purvis: “It was brilliant working with Cartmel Priory. They all supported each other through the various tasks and engaged fully with the conservation activities.

“It wasn’t all hard work though, we made the most of the lovely hot weather and had a picnic on the top of Glenlude Hill accompanied by skylarks.”

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The pupils said they enjoyed Glenlude and discovering and experiencing wild places. One said: “I would like to thank all the people that helped me finish the John Muir Award and for all the amazing memories - I really enjoyed it.”