A team of volunteers from the company recently helped out on a project at the trust’s Glenlude property in the Scottish Borders area. The work was part of Berghaus’ wider commitment to the charity, as a Gold Corporate Member of the John Muir Trust.
Founded in 1983, the John Muir Trust takes its inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement. Like Muir, the trust believes in protecting wild land for its own sake, because it believes that wild places are essential for people and wildlife. Berghaus has been a supporter of the trust for the last decade and each year gives staff the opportunity to participate in one of its conservation projects.
The 140 hectare Glenlude property is the location of one of the John Muir Trust’s rewilding initiatives. The property was bequeathed to the trust in 2004 and it has started work on delivering a 20 year plan to remove approximately 70 hectares of non-native conifer species, replacing them with native species and creating a network of habitats for a wide range of fauna and flora.
The Berghaus and trust teams worked together in the Phoenix Forest at Glenlude. This is an area that is given over to Phoenix Futures, a charity that provides services for people with drug and alcohol problems. Every service user who successfully completes the programme has a tree planted for them in the Phoenix Forest. Volunteers from Berghaus helped plant 101 hazel, birch, hawthorn and rowan – supplied by the Woodland Trust – as well as placing guards around them to protect the young trees from browsing by roe deer.
Karen Purvis, John Muir Trust’s property manager at Glenlude, said “The help from Berghaus is invaluable. We wouldn’t be able to do as much rewilding as we do at Glenlude, without assistance from our members and supporters. The project is largely volunteer-driven with charities, schools, colleges, John Muir Award participants, conservation groups and many other organisations working with us to create more space for nature.”
Sharon Watson, an administrator at Berghaus, adds: “It was a great experience to be able to contribute in this way and also see first-hand the great work that the John Muir Trust does. Staff at Berghaus really value the opportunity to do something practical to preserve the landscapes that we value so much and which are the reason our business exists.”