By Press Office 29 March 2017

Would you like to get some fresh air in the run up to exams?

Would you like to see a bit more of East Lothian’s coastline?

Would you like to help improve our local environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, why not join QMU's Sustainability Committee’s Footpath and Beach Clean Up along the John Muir Way on Friday 21 April.  We will have a fun day out, doing some good with like-minded members of the community. The main focus of our clean up work will be on the John Muir Way, a walking route which runs beautifully adjacent to East Lothian’s beaches.

We are organising this event, in partnership with East Lothian Council,  to celebrate the legacy of John Muir, seen as the father of conservation, who was born just along from the University in Dunbar on 21 April 1838.

John Muir is renowned as an environmentalist, geologist and botanist. Whilst still a child, he emigrated to the United States with his family. There, his writing encouraged people to understand the importance of wildness, and he helped establish the Yosemite National Park in California. He was also an important influence in the creation of the national park system more generally.  Renowned in his adopted home the USA , John Muir’s legacy is increasingly recognised in Scotland.  A growing number of tourists are visiting East Lothian each year to see his birthplace, and to follow the John Muir Way, which runs all the way from Dunbar to the west coast.

As well as celebrating the legacy of John Muir, the Clean Up will be a wonderful way to bring together staff and students with an interest in sustainability.

We will set off from campus in a minibus during the morning, returning in the afternoon in time for a well earned drink in the SU bar.

To book your place, please email Dianne Fyfe (dfyfe@qmu.ac.uk).  Staff are also welcome to attend, even if this event falls during their normal working hours, with the permission of their line manager.

For more information about John Muir, visit: https://discoverjohnmuir.com/muir-info

For more information on QMU’s sustainability agenda.

Notes to Editor

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Marketing Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk  T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239 and Jon Perkins, Press and PR Officer, E: jperkins@qmu.ac.uk T: 0131 474 0000.

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