John Muir's Birthplace | Green projects

Wildflower planting

Our partner the John Muir Trust is supporting the UK’s biggest ever wild flower campaign by helping to share 'Grow Wild' seed kits, free of charge. These kits are designed to encourage the sowing of wild flowers in gardens and windowboxes, and we at the Birthplace have applied for some of our own to distribute to visitors. You can find out more here

Wildflowers near Belhaven Bay, Dunbar


Sustainable retail

We are now selling 'Back from the Beach' jewellery by Lynne Robertson, who makes lovingly handcrafted jewellery using genuine and naturally tumbled glass collected from the beaches along the east coast of Scotland. Each piece is individual.

 'Back from the Beach' jewellery


LED lighting

Work to replace all single halogen and compact fluorescent light units with LED units was completed on 8th October 2014. This work was made possible by a grant from BeGreen Dunbar.
Be Green cheque presentation for LED lights to the John Muir Birthplace Trust
Tree Planting
We don't have any land on which to plant our own trees, but through our partner organisation John Muir Trust (JMT) we can play a small role. Click here for an example of what the John Muir Trust does. In March 2015 JMT celebrated a 10 year partnership with Phoenix Futures by planting trees at Glenlude

Waste-free snack challenge!

Local school groups often visit the John Muir Birthplace as part of their Citizenship eduation. Just one class with a throwaway lunch can fill one big black bag with rubbish, so we have been inviting pupils to bring a snack in containers that can be reused instead of thrown away or wrappers that can be recycled or composted. For school groups we now have a food waste bin and recycling bin in addition to the normal waste bin.


John Muir Way certificates

We always try to encourage people to visit us using sustainable transport, and thanks to the official launch of the John Muir Way in 2014 we now have even more walkers and cyclists coming through our doors! Since the Way was launched we have distributed more than 350 certificates for visitors who have completed the John Muir Way on foot or by bike. 


Cyclists arriving at the John Muir Birthplace

We support, and work with, as many local environmental organisations as possible. Follow the links to the following organisations:


Fairtrade Dunbar

Sustaining Dunbar

Dunbar Community Woodland Group

East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service

Zero Waste Dunbar

BeGreen Dunbar

Friends of John Muir Country Park

We also work closely with the Friends of John Muir's Birthplace and the John Muir Trust.

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