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Grant helps maintain Scotland's historic sites


Cash for essential repairs and conservation

Scotland's National Trust is undertaking a range of capital maintenance projects as it receives annual repair grant funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Various sites will benefit from the £250,000 boost which will go towards carrying out essential repairs and conservation at some of Scotland’s most loved heritage spots. Fife’s Falkland Palace will see £25,770 worth of work carried out on the stunning Renaissance building’s stonework with the help of sculpture conservation specialists at Graciela Ainsworth, Alison Davie Construction, Scottish Wall Paintings Conservators and Adams Napier Partnership.

A further £50,000 will be invested in restoring the cobbles, roof checks and limewash at the iconic Hugh Miller’s Cottage in Cromarty. Other properties that will benefit from the funding include Culzean Castle and Country Park in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire’s Crathes Castle.

The grant, provided by HES, offers support to conservation-standard repair projects across Scotland and will help conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland, work towards some of the targets and deliver necessary investments set out in the ambitious 10-year-strategy it launched earlier this year.

With over 100 sites across the country, from stunning landscapes to castles, to historic buildings and renowned sites, Scotland’s largest independent conservation charity aims to be the leading provider of inspiring heritage visitor experiences in Scotland. With conservation, engagement, and sustainability at the heart of its work, the National Trust for Scotland will allocate the funding across sites including Brodie Castle, Castle Fraser and Malleny House.

Sarah MacKinnon, Head of Building Surveying Operations at National Trust for Scotland, said: “At the National Trust for Scotland, we do what we do for the love of Scotland. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible places, full of history and heritage  every day and it is so important to us that we do everything we can to ensure that they are preserved to the highest degree and that visitors far and wide can experience heritage at its best.

“Over the last few years we have learned just how positive an impact access to Scotland’s heritage can have on the public, and we want to ensure  and enhance future access for everyone, by improving the conditions of the wonderful places in our care, enabling visitors to appreciate the nature, beauty and heritage  that we can offer.”

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We are delighted to continue our long-established funding relationship with the National Trust for Scotland through the Annual Repair Grant which supports the conservation of historic buildings. Scotland’s heritage assets bring a whole host of benefits to local communities, from boosting economies to increasing wellbeing, and we look forward to seeing the outcome of the works carried out by the Trust over the next 12 months at these properties that have been part of shaping Scotland’s story.”



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