West Harris Trust teams up with John Muir Trust 6/9/12
The West Harris Trust and the John Muir Trust (JMT) have signed a partnership to
help develop manage the 6,400 hectares on the west side of South Harris, which includes
some of Scotland's most spectacular coastal landscapes.
The partnership, which had already been agreed in principle by the directors of both
organisations, was formally sealed during a two-day visit to the island by Stuart
Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust.
There he met Murdo MacKay the chair, Duncan MacPherson the development manager and
Neil Campbell a director of the West Harris Trust, and spent time looking at the
coastline, high ground on the estate and some potential development sites for hydro
As part of the agreement, the John Muir Trust will undertake to advise West Harris
Trust on conservation, ecology, land management, landscapes, visitor management,
interpretation, footpaths and public access.
It will also assist with securing funding for conservation-related projects.
Individuals and groups wishing to undertake the John Muir Award willbe supported.
In turn, the West Harris Trust will work with the John Muir Trust to identify and
map the core areas of wild land on the estate and, where feasible, manage them in
line with JMT standards
It will keep JMT informed of conservation, visitor access and interpretation work
on the estate as well promote the JMT to its members and other bodies.
Stuart Brooks said: "West Harris Trust provides an excellent examples of where the
John Muir Trust is working with communities within a framework that respects the
integrity of the wild land.
"It has clear economic as well as environmental objectives – and so far they are
managing to balance the various interests very well. They very much welcome the support
they have received from Mick Blunt and the John Mur Trust."
Murdo MacKay, Chair of the West Harris Trust said: “ The West Harris Trust welcomes
this agreement that secures a close working relationship with the John Muir Trust.
“We look forward to working closely with Mick Blunt and the John Muir Trust over
the coming years as we progress with our plans for the sustainable development of