Scotland needs us now more than ever before. With each passing season, the National Trust for Scotland’s rangers and volunteers work tirelessly to conserve and protect the places we love. 2020 was a year of exceptional challenges and many threats – both man-made and environmental – to Scottish heritage. But with the help of American members and patrons, the Trust has weathered the worst of the storm. While challenges will remain in the months and years ahead, we look forward with confidence and excitement for the conservation projects that are again underway.
From vital structural repairs to monuments, castles, and houses, to the protection and rewilding of landscapes and habitats, to providing physical and virtual access to Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage – you can feel confident that 100% of your tax-deductible restricted gift to The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is going directly to the places and projects you care about the most.
Every year, Americans like you help fund the essential work of the Trust by supporting a conservation priority, a favorite property, or an element of the Trust’s mission that captures their personal interest and imagination. The projects highlighted below are just some of those for which we are currently fundraising in the categories of history and heritage, the environment, gardens, architecture, and design. If you are interested in learning about additional projects in these areas of interest, please contact Kirstin Bridier at email@example.com.
Through the generosity of an individual donor, the Foundation has funded the complete digitization of John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw’s archives at Canna House. The recordings made by the couple between 1936 and 1969 captured vital elements of traditional Gaelic culture then still alive in Uist and Barra and on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The archive includes the first electrical recordings of Gaelic folksongs on Barra, featuring singers not recorded elsewhere. It was John’s express wish that the voices of the past should be preserved for future generations. Support for this initiative will help the Trust in its wider efforts to make the Campbells’ work and life known to wider national and international audiences.
Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is one of the botanically richest areas in Britain, renowned and designated for its outstanding range and diversity of arctic-alpine species. Grazing rights on the property under ownership of nearby farmers have prevented the Trust from meeting their botanical conservation objectives on the land. Through the generosity of the Jeniam Foundation, the Trust was able to acquire 244 heritable grazing rights on hill ground at Ben Lawers without having to acquire additional land. This significant investment enabled the Trust to progress toward the objective of having management control of their land at Ben Lawers.