Scotland’s history is one of innovation – from the bicycle to Sherlock Holmes to the ATM – and the National Trust for Scotland continues that tradition with projects that expand the boundaries of conservation. Whether developing a new material that will impact the preservation of early modern buildings worldwide, or restoring peat bogs to limit the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment, the National Trust for Scotland’s work is making a real difference.
Each year, the Trust identifies a range of urgent priorities across its 125+ historic sites and landscapes. Americans like you can help support the essential work of the Trust by making a tax-deductible donation to a priority project that captures your personal interest and imagination. The projects below are highlights of work we are currently fundraising for in the categories of heritage, environment, conservation, gardens, collections, interpretation, and seed funding. If you are interested in learning more about other projects in these areas of interest please contact us for more information.
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.