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John Muir Way Greening Study

LocationCentral Scotland

ClientGreen Action Trust


The aim of this project is to make the John Muir Way an exemplar multi-functional green network feature, connecting people and nature, supporting green recovery, addressing the climate biodiversity emergency and encouraging active green travel. Having surveyed the full length of the trail, plus the alternative cycling options, we have identified opportunities for green infrastructure and biodiversity enhancement. This has been done using a set of clear and practical criteria defined in liaison with the project steering group; simple enough to be applied during field survey work, whilst providing sufficient data for network-wide GIS mapping and reasoned justification for the proposals. The mapping criteria include ecological, heritage and social indices, as well as experiential judgements of the trail; all of these have been used to inform the proposals and the overall action plan for improvements. The proposals will consist of implementation works and habitat management prescriptions, which together will enrich the route corridor and better connect it with the wider habitat networks.
We have consulted with all of the 9 local authorities and the National Park through which the Way passes, together with Scottish Canals, Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry & Land Scotland and NatureScot. Our study is due to complete in December 2021.

The John Muir Way passes through the Forth Bridge World Heritage Site, on a route shared with the Wanderings and Windings.