Edinburgh conservationist receives Points of Light award


PM Theresa May has given a top volunteering award to Scottish conservationist Denis Mollison.​

1st August 2017 by Georgina Harris 0 Comments

Theresa May has awarded a Points of Light award to Edinburgh-born Professor Denis Mollison for his work with the John Muir Trust.

Denis, who is based in Pitlochry, co-founded the John Muir Trust in 1983, a charity working to conserve areas of natural beauty in the UK as well as protecting native species and wild land.

The charity also created the John Muir Award to encourage individuals to get involved in exploring and conserving natural spaces. It now manages almost 25,000 hectares of land across the UK to ensure they are maintained to a high standard.

The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community. Denis is the award’s 737th recipient since the introduction of the programme in the UK in 2014 following its success in the USA.

Volunteers across the UK have received this award, from a local musician giving a voice to lonely people to a campaigner raising awareness about Motor Neurone Disease.