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Trust gets backing for outdoor award expansion

Posted 5 December 2011
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Trust gets backing for outdoor award expansion
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The John Muir Trust has revealed it has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its plans to expand the John Muir award - which recognises the efforts of those who try to introduce those living in urban areas to the UK's countryside.

News of the HLF decision was relayed to supporters via the organisation's latest e-newsletter.

It is keen to extend the award to acknowledge work done in England, in addition to that happening in Scotland.

John Muir Award manager Rob Bushby said: "If we get the full HLF grant, we'll be able to create three new posts over five years and take the Award into parts of England where we know there's huge demand."

The plan is to support 90,000 people in England to take part in the award.

Last month, the trust's highest form of recognition - the John Muir Conserver Award - was bestowed on Glaswegian Julie McElroy, who has overcome numerous disabilities to not only enjoy the countryside herself, but encourage other people with disabilities to do so as well.