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Whether it is wandering through flower-rich hay meadows or over flower-covered mountain slopes, NTS properties have much to offer the plant lovers and photographers amongst us, courtesy of our conservation management.

Most flowers are at their best between April and September, with most of our countryside properties and several of our gardens being great places to see them.

The woodlands around Killiecrankie, Dollar Glen, Ben Lomond, Crarae, Geilston Garden and Threave are awash with bluebells and wood anemones in spring, with the slopes of Burg, on Mull, being thick with primroses and violets before the bracken grows tall.

In the summer, our grazing management with farming tenants produces breathtaking displays of thrift and purple milk-vetch at St. Abb's Head, meadows full of frog orchids and wild pansies at Kittochside, whorled-caraway water meadows at Threave and the tell-tale sounds of yellow rattle at Rockcliffe, where the rare sea centaury also flourishes on the coastal grasslands.

NTS are world-leaders in the conservation of wild plants in the uplands and lowlands.

At Ben Lawers, Glencoe, and Grey Mare's Tail, our innovative management is conserving many rare alpine-arctic species, including Highland Saxifrage, Oblong Woodsia fern and Mountain Aven, to name but a few.

At Threave and Mar Lodge, much work is being carried out to conserve the Mudwort and Twinflowers respectively.

NTS are involved in many meadow-creation projects, most notably at Balmacara, Inverewe, Falkland Palace, Inveresk Garden, Greenbank Gardens and Kellie Castle. NTS staff are happy to share their experiences of such work with you.

The key to all our plant conservation work is the expertise and dedication of NTS staff. Through training, including with assistance from the Botanical Society of the British Isles, many of our staff are accomplished botanists with a keen eye for the unusual growing up between rocks or bushes.