The John Muir Trust has published a new Vision for Wild Land and Wild Places entitled “Our Essential Wildness”.
The Vision outlines how the Trust will work to protect and enhance wild land, while ensuring that people are able to engage with wild places and the needs of rural and remote communities are met.
The John Muir Trust is the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity. It was founded in 1983, inspired by the work and legacy of conservationist John Muir, the first person to call for action to be taken to protect wild land.
Stuart Brooks, chief executive of the John Muir Trust, said: “This Vision spells out a long-term ambition, one that builds on the heritage of the John Muir Trust and provides a firm direction for its future. It is a positive response to the present threats to wild land. Less than a third of the UK’s best wild land has any protection under landscape designations such as National Scenic Areas and National Park status.
Industrial-scale developments are being allowed in our most scenic areas, native wildlife is disappearing and our children are increasingly divorced from nature. Our priority is to reverse these trends and we want our Vision to inspire others to take action with us.”
John Hutchison, chairman of the John Muir Trust said: “Muir was writing about these issues over a hundred years ago, but his words still have resonance today. The beautiful landscapes that the UK has are not a luxury we can afford to waste. Our tourism and recreation industries rely on them, they provide places for personal challenge and quiet reflection. As Muir himself said they, ‘.are useful not only as fountains of timber an irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life’.
“The Trust has developed this Vision to point the way forward. We need to ensure not only that this land is adequately protected, but also that it is valued by wider society. We can only do this by reconnecting people with the nature that surrounds them.”