The Marathon Training Academy Forever Forest

Help the MTA community create a small piece of native woodland in Scotland by sponsoring Angie and Trevor's London Marathon attempt.

Our Progress

The Marathon Training Academy Forever Forest Campiagn Progress 28% of funds raised

262 trees for 26.2 miles 

We are delighted to have Angie and Trevor running for the John Muir Trust in the 2019 London Marathon. In support, the MTA Podcast community is being invited to support Angie and Trevor's efforts by donating and helping to create the 'MTA Forever Forest'. We've set an initial target of planting 262 trees (you will see what we have done there) as part of the Trust's Wild Woods tree planting appeal during 2019 as we look to significantly increase the number of native trees across the land in our care.

Angie visited one of the places where we're planting trees when she walked the slopes of Schiehallion, a few days before she ran the Loch Ness marathon in 2018.  You can hear her interview with Kevin from the John Muir Trust on this episdode of the MTA podcast. 

By helping us plant the MTA Forever Forest, you'll be helping the MTA community to create an everlasting feature of the Scottish landscape.  Each donation of £10 will cover the cost of planting one tree, including staff time and equipment. 

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About the John Muir Trust

We are a membership based conservation charity dedicated to the protection and experience of wild places. The Trust looks after some of the UK's finest wild places including Ben Nevis,  Schiehallion and Helvellyn in the Lake District National Park. Find out more about our work.

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Who was John Muir?

John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States as a boy. He was a great nature lover and became a founding father of the modern conservation movement, advocating for the preservation of wild land. Also known as 'John of the Mountains', he helped to establish the US National Parks System.

The John Muir Trust and the London Marathon: a shared founder

Both the London Marathon and the John Muir Trust owe their legacy to Chris Brasher, Olympic Gold Medallist, pace-setter for the first ever sub-four-minute mile and keen mountaineer. Brasher set up the first London Marathon in 1981 and was later instrumental in the founding of the Trust and purchasing our first area of wild land, on Knoydart, in 1983. More about his life and achivements can be found in the book 'Chris Brasher: The Man Who Made The London Marathon' by John Byrant. 

I love the idea that our listeners can contribute to planting a forest that will grow and provide vital habitat for wildlife in years to come

Angie Spencer, speaking to Kevin Lelland of the John Muir Trust