Letter goes out to members asking them for donations to enable the charity to undertake vital conservation work
A new fundraising appeal has been launched by Scotland’s National Trust in a bid to raise £150,000 from its members.
The I’m in for the future appeal is part of a wider campaign geared towards raising as much cash as possible to preserve some of the nation's most iconic buildings and landscapes.
Last year, research showed the organisation needs £46 million over the next 10 years to conserve its vast estate.
It is now enlisting the help of its 40,000 members to raise the funds needed.
Funds are needed immediately to repair the Glenfinnan Monument in Lochaber. The monument commemorates the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and around £160,000 is needed to carry out repairs to prevent erosion.
There is no ‘magical solution’ to protecting Scotland’s heritage
Nationwide, the trust cares for 188,000 acres of countryside, coastline, historic castles, palaces, houses and gardens.
In a letter to 40,000 Trust members, charity chief executive Simon Skinner said: “Although time stands still for the ever-young Peter Pan this is most certainly not the case for our properties. Scotland’s heritage needs to be protected every minute of every day.
“There is no magical solution to protecting Scotland’s heritage. It is incredibly hard work and takes a lot of time, effort and commitment – and funds.
"You have been a member with us for many years, and we are so grateful that we have the support of many people like you, who cherish the magnificent places in our care.
“We simply couldn’t continue without the generosity of our supporters and members – that’s why I’m writing to you today.
“Will you help us by giving £20 to the ‘I’m in for the future’ appeal this year?
The majority of cash funding the charity’s work is raised through donations and last year raised £2.72m.