Initiatives

The Trust is involved with a number of initiatives, whether in development, in consultation or out to tender. Here are the initiatives we're currently working on with first points of contact for each one.

If you'd like to discuss the potential for a new development project, contact Kevin Lelland, the Trust's head of development and communications, in the first instance.

CivTech

We've partnered with three other conservation and community development organisations in the south of Scotland to launch a challenge to companies to find an innovative technological solution to tackling climate change through land use, by helping landowners better understand the potential for carbon storage on their land. 

The successful candidates will be invited to explore their ideas and pilot them on Langholm Moor. Successful trials at Langholm could inform wider adoption of the technology across Scotland and beyond. The resulting products and services will be revealed in March 2022.  

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Contact: Mike Daniels

Crown Estate, Snowdonia

The John Muir Trust is working with The Crown Estate and their land agent Savills, to look at the opportunities for achieving more for communities, rural economy, biodiversity, carbon capture and water quality alongside continued farming activity on their land in the Rhinog area of north Wales.

At this early stage, the John Muir Trust has engaged local rural consultants FWAG Cymru to hold a series of conversations with those with a direct interest in the land. 

FWAG Cymru will also undertake a basic walkover survey of the land to look at where there might be opportunities for biodiversity and other environmental gains.

Once these conversations and surveys have taken place, the plan would be to move onto a consultation with the wider community.

For more information, contact

Glenridding Common

The Trust took on management of Glenridding Common in 2017 via a lease agreement with the Lake District National Park Authority, following a positive consultation with local and national stakeholders. In that time, we have been working to protect and enhance the ecosystem while respecting the area’s cultural traditions - including farming practices – and recognising this as a key aspect of the Lake District World Heritage Site status.

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We are currently exploring a variety of ongoing ownership and management models for Glenridding Common in order to facilitate our work to protect and restore this important landscape in the future.

Contact: Kevin Cumming

Kilmarie Hatchery, Skye

The Trust has recently acquired a redundant hatchery set within its exisiting landholdings at Strathaird on Skye. The Trust will consult with the local community ahead of bringing forward any development plans at this location.  

Contact: Rich Williams

Schiehallion

The Trust has recently completed a scoping exercise, consulting with local people and partners on the potential future of this location as a hub for local land management activity as well as a space for recreation, engagement, education and economic activity. 

We have a number of ideas that we may explore in a feasibility study following stakeholder engagement and consultation. A key objective is that a carbon credible approach is taken and that time is taken to consult widely on any plans. 

Contact: Kevin Cumming

Sligachan Gateway

We're recently appointed a contractor to undertake a comprehensive scoping study to consider options for the development of facilities and infrastructure at Sligachan Gateway, on the Isle of Skye, for the benefit and use of both the local community and visitors to the site.

Contact: Rich Williams

Thirlmere

In a move that complements the Trust's existing efforts at Glenridding Common, the Trust has begun a new partnership with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and United Utilities at nearby Thirlmere in the Lake District.

This sees the Trust initially undertake survey work, with a view to long-term peatland and woodland regeneration and the restoration of natural processes.

This project builds on the Trust’s previous work replanting rare alpine species on the upper slopes of Helvellyn, with the help of local volunteers in Glenridding, and Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s peatland expertise.

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Contact: Tom Hayek

Yearn Stane

The Yearn Stane Project is an early stages partnership project between two local organisations Starling Learning and Eadha plus The Woodland Trust, Rewilding Britain and John Muir Trust.

The aim is to bring together a diverse group of people from the local area and support them in working towards a common goal which will benefit everyone and the wild landscape.

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Contact: Kevin Cumming