8th May 2013
Encouraging the protection and enhancement of Scottish wildlife
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.