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19 Jul 2022

Grateful for repair grant support

An impressive grey stone building stands in a green field. It is sunny.
We are getting ready to commence a number of capital maintenance projects at some of our sites across Scotland thanks to Annual Repair Grant funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

Places across the country will benefit from the £250,000 contribution which will go towards carrying out essential repairs and conservation at some of Scotland’s most loved heritage spots.

Fife’s Falkland Palace will see £25,770 worth of work carried out on the stunning Renaissance building’s stonework with the help of sculpture conservation specialists at Graciela Ainsworth, Alison Davie Construction, Scottish Wall Paintings Conservators and Adams Napier Partnership.

A thatched cottage with white walls
Hugh Miller's Cottage will also undergo checks and repairs.

A further £50,000 will be invested in restoring the cobbles, roof checks and limewash at the iconic Hugh Miller’s Cottage in Cromarty.

Other properties that will benefit from the funding include Culzean Castle and Country Park in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire’s Crathes Castle.

The grant, provided by Historic Environment Scotland, offers support to conservation-standard repair projects across Scotland and will help our charity work towards some of the targets and deliver necessary investments set out in the ambitious 10-year-strategy - Nature, Beauty & Heritage for Everyone - launched earlier this year.

With conservation, engagement, and sustainability at the heart of our work, the funding will be allocated across sites including Brodie Castle, Castle Fraser and Malleny House.

Two women stand on the roof of an historic building. The woman on the left has chin length, brown curly hair and the woman on the right has short, light coloured hair. She is wearing glasses.
Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland and Sarah MacKinnon, Head of Buildings Conservation at the National Trust for Scotland at Falkland Palace.

Sarah MacKinnon, Head of Building Surveying Operations at National Trust for Scotland, said: “At the National Trust for Scotland, we do what we do for the love of Scotland. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by incredible places, full of history and heritage every day and it is so important to us that we do everything we can to ensure that they are preserved to the highest degree and that visitors far and wide can experience heritage at its best. “Over the last few years we have learned just how positive an impact access to Scotland’s heritage can have on the public, and we want to ensure and enhance future access for everyone, by improving the conditions of the wonderful places in our care, enabling visitors to appreciate the nature, beauty and heritage that we can offer.”

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We are delighted to continue our long-established funding relationship with the National Trust for Scotland through the Annual Repair Grant which supports the conservation of historic buildings. Scotland’s heritage assets bring a whole host of benefits to local communities, from boosting economies to increasing wellbeing, and we look forward to seeing the outcome of the works carried out by the Trust over the next 12 months at these properties that have been part of shaping Scotland’s story.”