SEVEN pupils from Priorsford Primary have been inspired to fundraise for the John Muir Trust after learning about his life and work as part of their outdoor learning activities at school.

Fin, Hugo, Caleb, Calvin, James, Euan and Matthew – all in Primary 5 – initially raised £202 for the charity by organising a bake sale for families at the school’s outdoor learning open morning.

But the boys did not stop there.

They then decided to challenge themselves further by walking 15 miles of the John Muir Way from North Berwick to Dunbar on Sunday (June 18), finishing at John Muir’s birthplace – a fitting place to celebrate their amazing fundraising efforts for the charity.

Thanks to their determination, and with the support of family and friends, the seven boys have raised over £1,400 for the trust.

Head teacher Sandra Macgregor said: “We are so proud of the boys’ achievement in raising awareness and supporting this environmental charity.

“Outdoor learning is a core aspect of our school curriculum as we see how much being in the outdoors impacts positively on everyone’s wellbeing.

“We use the John Muir Award to provide structured learning experiences and it was through this that the boys became interested in finding out more about John Muir.

“The boys organised the bake sale themselves and got such positive feedback that they then organised this walk, again all by themselves.

“They care deeply about the environment and by fundraising for the John Muir Trust are making a difference to others, now and for the future.

“Our school values are to be kind, caring and fair and the actions of these boys absolutely demonstrates them. We are all very proud of them."

The John Muir Trust is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of the UK's wild places, for the benefit of all.

The charity believes that wild places and the experience of wilderness are vital to our lives. It works with others to repair and re-wild some of the most magnificent landscapes across Britain.

The boys want their efforts to help ensure charities such as the John Muir Trust are supported to continue their important work keeping the beautiful wild spaces and ecosystems alive for everyone to enjoy now and for future generations.