Bagging Series

Walkers Invited to Take Part in Sir Hugh Munro Memorial Project

Walkers from across the world can take part in a Munro-related community environmental project. The Munro Table invites hill-goers to bag a peak in memory of Sir Hugh Munro. In return for their efforts, each participant will be featured in an art publication documenting the experience. A travelling exhibition is intended to follow.

So many to choose from... but you can only pick one  © Dan Bailey
So many to choose from... but you can only pick one
© Dan Bailey

Sir Hugh became famous for listing all Scottish mountains over 3000ft, which are of course named after him.

Those who choose one of the 282 mountains on the online list will be asked to remove a small bag of rubbish (should they find any) during their walk.

Led by Eddie Summerton at the University of Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, project will also plant one high-altitude indigenous tree for each mountain climbed, in collaboration with Trees for Life, in an effort to help restore the unique wildlife-rich habitat called montane scrub.

Eddie said, "The diversity of walkers who have signed up so far is fantastic. Of course we have some of Scotland's walking clubs and serious Munro baggers, who have already mapped out their weekends ahead with walks and climbs but we also have folk who are signing up who are returning to the hills for the first time in years, with a child or grandchild to accompany them.

"We've heard from a school teacher who is selecting the nearest Munro to the school to include the walk in her class project and also a seriously ill walker, determined to participate in this 'big walk' to acknowledge their resistance to the illness.

"This year-long celebration of our hills is goes beyond the legacy of Sir Hugh Munro. It recognises the incredible infrastructure of volunteers who keep paths open, the national parks, the environmental charities and the right to roam. All of these help make Scotland one of the most spectacular places to walk."

The Munro Table project will launch on Tuesday 19 March, 100 years after the death of Sir Hugh Munro. Around 200 Munros are still available to be chosen from the online list.

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