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The Wild Space Centre Launch

8th May 2013

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Encouraging the protection and enhancement of Scottish wildlife

Anne Reece and Colin Prior at The Wild Space opening Anne Reece and Colin Prior at The Wild Space opening

The John Muir Trust is the UK's leading wild land conservation charity. With support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Trust opened its brand new visitor centre, The Wild Space, in Pitlochry on Monday 22nd April.

The Wild Space project has been three years in the making and encourages awareness about the changing environment, ecosystems and wildlife. As well as an art gallery and shop, the centre features an exhibition space and conference room where local people can learn about and be inspired by the nature around them.

The Trust's Chief Executive, Stuart Brooks, began the event by saying: “Our aim is to engage a broad cross section of society – the journey has to start somewhere and that's what we are trying to do here.”

Thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the organisation is going from strength to strength. The Trust was awarded £100,000 funding from the People's Postcode Lottery Dream Fund in 2012. The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.

Mike Cantlay, the Chairman of VisitScotland, added that Scotland's wild places and landscape are important to Scottish tourism: “Our focus is on trying to interest Scots in getting out and about to get to know Scotland. The Wild Space is perfect for helping that journey.”

The centre was officially opened by top landscape photographer Colin Prior. Colin said: “The great challenge for us as conservationists is to communicate our passion for the outdoors to the younger generation. I try to use my photography to get them to see rather than just look at wild places.

The John Muir Trust was founded in 1983 to safeguard the future of wild lands against development and to promote recognition of the value of such places. Members of the Trust work together to bring back lost species and allow nature to prosper.