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. Recently, we were proud to support the walled kitchen garden at Culzean Castle with a grant of nearly $100,000. The funding was made possible through the generosity of NTSUSA Trustee, Kennedy Richardson whose ancestors build Culzean, and our members and donors across the country who contributed to the matching gift challenge made by Richardson. We also made significant grants to a new garden and wildlife area at Burns Cottage in the Ayrshire countryside; continued an important peat restoration project at Ben Lomond that will combat climate change; and invested in the digitization of a Gaelic sound archive on the Isle of Canna.
During the summer of 2016, the Foundation was challenged to raise $45,000 by the end of the year to support the restoration of the Walled Garden at Culzean Castle & Country Park. The successful campaign was matched dollar-for-dollar by NTSUSA Treasurer Kennedy Richardson – whose ancestors built Culzean – allowing the National Trust for Scotland to move forward with its plans to restore the landscape as a fully functioning 19th-century kitchen garden. The vibrant space will produce fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers for use on the estate and for sale to visitors, and the garden will be transformed into a lively place for learning about heritage horticulture for audiences of all ages.
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Peat Restoration at Ben Lomond
Rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond to a height of 3,193ft (974m), Ben Lomond offers exhilarating walking and views across the loch and the Trossachs National Park. Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular summits, attracting over 30,000 walkers and mountaineers every year. The Foundation granted funding to support the maintenance of peat bogs at the property. The importance of the habitats and wildlife supported by blanket peat bog is widely recognized. Keeping peat bogs healthy and wet is a key element of sustainable land use management within the wider strategy of combating climate change.
Join us this fall for a one-week guided tour of Scotland's Grand Houses and Gardens. From Edinburgh, to Glasgow, to Aberdeen, this extraordinary journey will highlight Scotland's natural and cultural treasures.
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.