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25 Oct 2022

Introducing our Annual Review 2021–22

Written by Sarah Burnett
A group of people walk along a path through a wildflower area of a garden. The man in front points out something ahead of them. In the foreground is a fountain pool.
One of our 2021–22 highlights: North East Gardens Manager Chris Wardle shows visitors around the flourishing new parterres at Pitmedden Garden
Our latest Annual Review is a celebration of our achievements in 2021–22.

Our recently published Annual Review contains some stunning photography and artwork of the Trust’s people and places. It also offers a fascinating summary of what we did in 2021–22 and why we did it. It’s easy to forget what a momentous year it was for us, as we started to recover from the pandemic and launched our 10-year Nature, Beauty & Heritage strategy. The Annual Review is an inspiring reminder of how much we have accomplished, highlighting our achievements in conservation, engagement and sustainability, as well as celebrating the people who helped to deliver them.

Frontline perspectives

Our Chief Executive Phil Long says: ‘Our remarkable achievements of the past year have been guided by our new strategy but first and foremost made possible by our people – our paid staff, volunteers, members and supporters. Therefore, the Annual Review 2021–22 rightly focuses on our people, their perspectives and their stories. Who better to talk about our projects, operations and achievements than the people involved in them day to day, whether we’re talking about garden design at Pitmedden, community allotments at Newhailes, biodiversity schemes at the Mar Lodge and Threave estates, visitor experiences at House of Dun, or conservation work at Holmwood and Canna House?’

“The Annual Review shows and celebrates our people, places and activity from the ground up, and all of us at the Trust should be very proud when we read it and show it to others.”
Philip Long OBE FRSE
Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland
A close-up photo of Phil Long, the Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland. He is standing in front of Kellie Castle, smiling. He wears a blue suit.
A view of an extremely ornately decorated drawing room, with the far wall made up of floor-to-ceiling windows. A red and blue patterned carpet almost fills the floor on top of parquet wooden floorboards. The ceiling has decorative, gilded plasterwork. There is a piano to the far left of the room, and a fireplace on the right-hand wall. Large mirrors run either side of the room.
Another 2021–22 achievement: the completion of our three-year project at Holmwood

Information at your fingertips

In addition, the Annual Review features an outline of our financial and commercial approach for the next decade, a reader-friendly summary of the Nature, Beauty & Heritage strategy, highlights from the year’s projects and activities, and an introduction to some of our volunteers and Values Awards winners. It’s also a useful reference guide: if you need to know a handy Trust fact – from the number of precious objects we care for or miles of mountain paths we maintain, to our financial summary and key performance indicators – this is the place to find it quickly!

The Annual Review was launched at our AGM in Glasgow on 24 September and was much praised by those attending. Other key outcomes from this meeting included Members passing our Annual Report and Accounts, confirming the appointment of Jackie Bird as our voluntary President, and electing former Board member Caroline Borwick as one of our Vice-Presidents.

The results of our Trustee ballot were also announced, with two new members – Janet Brennan and Cameron Murray – joining the Board and Michael Spence elected for a second term. Finally, our Deputy Chairman David Mitchell led the thanks to those Board members standing down: David Caldwell, Jayne Maclennan and Dame Sue Bruce. Our President, Vice-Presidents and Board members make a huge contribution to the work of the Trust, and we’re very grateful for their support for our achievements in 2021–22.

Read our Annual Review 2021–22