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John Muir Award


Here at Up on the Downs we are keen to get as many people as possible into the countryside as part of an educational programme and we feel that the John Muir Award is an excellent way to do it.  The award encourages people from all backgrounds to discover, explore, conserve and share wild places in a series of challenges that are tailored to the people taking part and the places that they are visiting.

The Bay Trust have delivered the John Muir Award on behalf of Up on the Downs to a wide range of different people, all of whom were at risk of leaving full-time education without going on to further training or employment.  The project helped 112 young people achieve the John Muir Award, initially at the Discovery Award level (4 days of activity) and then at the Explorer Award level (8 days). Some of the really keen students have gone on to achieve the Conserver Award over 6 months. 

The project has been particularly rewarding as we have worked with students that have benefitted so much from working for the first time in an outdoor classroom.  Students have carried out a lot of work at Steps Bank at St Margarets Bay.


We have worked with lots of different groups ranging from Portal House in St Margarets through to NACRO students (below) who are no longer involved in mainstream schooling.


To find out more about the award for and benefits for young people visit the John Muir Award website.

JMA Chalk

To find out more about how to work with Up on the Downs and The Bay Trust team please call us on 01304 872138