John Muir Trust
Who we are
The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. We own and care for some of the UK's finest wild landscapes including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, Quinag in Assynt, part of the Cuillin on Skye and 3,000 acres on the remote Knoydart peninsula.
Founded in 1983, the Trust takes its inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement. Like Muir, the Trust believes in protecting wild land for its own sake – and because we believe wild places are essential for people and wildlife.
We work hard on the properties we own, and through partnerships with others, to restore and protect habitats, bring back lost species and help nature flourish. We do litter picks, beach cleans, footpath maintenance, and other key tasks that help our wild places.
The Trust gives wild land a voice. Following Muir’s example, we defend wild land when it comes under threat and we campaign for its long-term legal protection.
We also educate people through our John Muir Award, an educational initiative that encourages everyone to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Since its launch in 1997, the Award has reached over 200,000 people from all backgrounds across the UK.