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Tuesday, 8 October 2013
John Muir & Carreg y Saeth
puzzled to hear the John Muir Trust (JMT) was planning to buy land in the
Rhinogydd; why something so Scottish coming to Wales? Surely there are enough
wild places in Scotland? Aren’t there already enough conservation charities in
Wales? Susan Wright, Head of Communications at JMT, put me straight.
Susan Wright explains
What I hadn’t
appreciated was that the Trust is a UK-wide charity with significant membership
in England and 250 members in Wales. There are also 100 providers in Wales for
the Trust’s educational initiative, the John Muir Award.
What I also
hadn’t appreciated were the international credentials of John Muir himself. Born
in Dunbar, he emigrated to America with his family as a ten year old, and went
on to become the leading light campaigning for the establishment of national parks.
I particularly liked hearing how in 1903 he got President Theodore Roosevelt to
join him on a three day camping trip at Yosemite. Who would be the modern day
counterpart for Obama? and where would they go?
John Muir & Theodore Roosevelt
So now I
understand the background and wish JMT every success in raising the £500K to buy
the 104 hectares of land at Carreg y Saeth, just before you reach Llyn Cwm
Bychan, en route to the Roman Steps. The money will also fund the employment of
a local development officer and a forward looking management plan. Looking to
the future, I hope there will be an article in Natur Cymru about the achievements following on from the successful appeal.