The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is a community of like-minded Americans committed to protecting the rich cultural heritage and unspoiled natural resources of Scotland. Since 2000, we have provided more than $8 million in funding for the essential work of Scotland’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland. Join us as we safeguard the Trust’s irreplaceable treasures for future generations.
The Foundation is actively raising funding for projects identified as priorities by the Trust. Read on for details about the challenges the Trust is facing and how you can help with these priority projects.
Since 2000, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA has granted more than $8 million in funding to support programs of the National Trust for Scotland. Recent grants made to the Trust include, the reinstatement of the Percy Cane-designed garden at Falkland Palace; wildlife protection programs across Scotland; addressing erosion challenges at the Beinn Alligin Ridge on Torridon; and expediting urgent repairs to the iconic Glenfinnan Monument.
Set within an evocative, majestic Highland landscape at the head of Loch Sheil near Fort William, the Glenfinnan Monument was erected in 1815 on the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie rose his standard in 1745. This iconic landmark commemorates the events that followed at Culloden and remains a tribute to Jacobite clansmen. The Foundation is supporting the Trust’s urgent and comprehensive repair program to address the monument’s tilt, which has occurred due to soil settlement. A new roof and windows are required to ensure that rain does not get in; the tower and boundary walls need repointing; and safety must be improved with the addition of a new handrail and lighting.
Image: David Ross Photography
Percy Cane-Designed Garden at Falkland Palace
Benefiting from our matching gift challenge appeal in the fall of 2015, the gardens at Falkland Palace will be reinstalled to the specifications of the 20th-century designer, Percy Cane. One of the few remaining examples of Cane’s work in Britain, the garden is renowned for its historical value and artistic significance. Sadly, the garden has deteriorated and no longer represents Cane’s authentic planting design. The restoration of the garden will represent a significant conservation project, increasing visitor enjoyment of the property while also offering horticulture students and community members the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
NTS has now completed the research report and the planting plans based on what is known to remain of the original Percy Cane garden. NTSUSA made a grant of $50,000 in 2016 in support of the restoration.