Trust shortlisted for TGO Awards for fourth year running

Trust hopes to win “Outdoor Campaigner of the Year” for a third time having made the 2016 shortlist

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After receiving the accolade of “Outdoor Campaigner of the Year” at last year’s The Great Outdoors Awards, the John Muir Trust is delighted to have made the shortlist for the fourth year in a row.

The 2016 shortlist has been drawn up by The Great Outdoors (TGO) magazine - one of the UK’s most established and respected hillwalking publications - following nominations from readers and the general public. The Awards celebrate the products, people and services that contribute to our enjoyment of the hills and mountains.

Mel Nicoll, Campaigns Co-ordinator at the John Muir Trust said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for the fourth year in a row, testament to the hard work of staff, trustees and volunteers throughout the Trust and from our many supporters beyond. As a charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places campaigning is at the heart of what the Trust stands for. Since we were founded in 1983 we have never been shy of taking the battle for wild land into the corridors of power. We know from the response to our campaigns and calls to action that there remains a strong appetite for us to speak up for wild land. This year was no exception.

Our continued campaign against the Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliaths was understandably a dominant feature in another exceptionally busy year, and we have also continued to challenge other individually damaging developments. At the same time we have been continuing our work for more extensive native woodland regeneration, stronger deer control and the reform of the planning system to ensure fair treatment for all.

Our dedicated campaign work – with the invaluable support of members and supporters – is part of our long-term vision of protecting and enhancing wild places. We hugely value the tremendous support we have had this past year from so many individuals and other organisations, whether that has been in the form of membership, donations, writing letters to politicians, sharing our stories on social media etc. Thank you to everyone who has supported our work, culminating in our nomination for this award.”

You can show your support for the Trust’s work by voting here

Voting is open online until Thursday 10 November. The award winners will be revealed at a ceremony at Kendal Mountain Festival which takes place between 17-20 November.

To find out more about the Trust’s campaigns, and how you can support them, go to our campaigns page