STUDENTS from Wirral’s Royden Park Project will be remembering the work of a pioneering conservationist when they receive awards in his honour next month.

The John Muir Award commemorates the naturalist who was passionate about the wild and campaigned successfully for the establishment of National Parks.

A trust in John Muir’s name administers the award, which encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places by throwing out a number of challenges.

Students from Royden Park Project – all adults with learning disabilities – will receive the award at a special ceremony at the Walled Garden at Royden Park on July 4.

They will be presented at a special event between 11am and 3pm where the students’ work – including photographs – will be displayed.

A 1,000 step walk, commemorating the 1,000 mile walk through America’s wilderness, will also take place.

The award-winning course offers support and work-based training in horticulture, conservation and woodwork.

The project is based in the park at Frankby and is funded by Wirral Council.

Councillor Chris Jones, Wirral’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “This is another great innovation from the Royden Park Project, which benefits from being in one of the most beautiful places in Wirral.

“It is good to see the students reaping the benefits, and gaining increased confidence and wellbeing, from being part of such a worthwhile project.”

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