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1 Jun 2019

Celebrating our volunteers

Volunteers stand on the lawn at Falkland Palace. One is dressed as Mary, Queen of Scots; the second holds a gardening tool; the third a candlestick; and the fourth a pair of binoculars.
Volunteers take on many roles in helping us to look after Scotland’s heritage.
National Volunteers’ Week provides us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate and thank our hard-working volunteers.

National Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1–7 June each year and provides an opportunity for us to thank our volunteers for their contribution throughout the year.

As Scotland’s largest conservation charity, we have a huge ongoing responsibility to nurture our natural landscapes, preserve our stunning islands, support our rich wildlife, tend our beautiful gardens, maintain our magnificent castles and conserve the numerous national treasures in our care. We couldn’t do this without the help and commitment of our dedicated volunteers, who are an integral part of the Trust.

Every year 3,000 enthusiastic volunteers donate their time to our projects, places and events.

A volunteer tends to the roses in the garden at Falkland Palace
A volunteer tends to the roses in the garden at Falkland Palace

This year, we’ll be showcasing the work of our volunteers in five blog posts written by our volunteers, which will feature on our website and across social media.

As well as hearing about the work that our volunteers do, we’ll also be celebrating this work! Across the Trust, a number of our properties have chosen this week to celebrate and thank their volunteers for all that they do to help us care for and protect Scotland’s heritage.

In the North East, Crathes Castle will host a Volunteers Thank You Tea Party, which will be attended by both our chairman Sir Moir Lockhead and Aileen Longino, Development Officer with Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (a local organisation that helps communities to flourish).

At the Georgian House in Edinburgh, there are two reasons to celebrate. Not only is it Volunteers’ Week, but the property has also been re-accredited as a 5-star VisitScotland attraction – for the sixth year running! This accreditation wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our volunteers, so it seems fitting to roll both celebrations into one.

A volunteer dressed as Mary, Queen of Scots stands in front of the altar in Falkland Palace.
Volunteers help us to tell the stories of our places.

We’re fortunate to have a vibrant volunteering community spanning the length and breadth of the country, and our volunteers help carry out essential and diverse duties. Whether you’re passionate about history or horticulture, the Trust provides volunteering opportunities for everyone.

If you haven’t yet checked out what’s on offer in your local area, have a look at our website and find out how you can play your part in protecting Scotland’s heritage for the future.

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