Heritage heroes needed for National Ttrust projects

Tayside volunteers Roy Cooper and Fiona Mathers are pictured hard at work at Barry Mill, one of the NTS's Angus properties.
Tayside volunteers Roy Cooper and Fiona Mathers are pictured hard at work at Barry Mill, one of the NTS's Angus properties.

THE NATIONAL Trust for Scotland (NTS) is looking for local “heritage heroes” to joint its volunteer team help back its conservation efforts in Angus and Tayside.

The Tayside group is one of four across Scotland which help the NTS keep its sites in tip-top condition for visitors, focusing mainly on outdoor activities such as gardening and path-building.

Volunteer chairman Robert Dey, who has been with the team for more than 20 years, said the work is rewarding and affords members the chance to help preserve some of the most beautiful locations in Scotland.

Activities take place at weekends and transport and accommodation, if required, are usually organised as part of the programme.

He said: “Our group works mainly within the Perthshire and Fife area, carrying out a wide range of tasks from woodland work and habitat management to weeding and garden work, but four or five times a year, we head off for the weekend to somewhere a bit further afield for a change of scene.

“I got involved with the group because I really wanted to give something back to my community and I am hugely supportive of the work that the trust does in caring for Scotland’s heritage.

“I also really enjoy meeting all the trust staff all over the country who all appreciate the work that volunteers put in at the properties, so we always get a warm welcome and the chance to learn form some real experts.”

Julie Bond, NTS’s conservation volunteer groups co-ordinator, also said the trust relies heavily on help from thousands of volunteers to help take care of the country’s heritage.

She said: “Every single person makes a massive contribution to our work to conserve and promote our special places. These people really are our heritage heroes.”

The group has forthcoming projects planned at Culross in Fife on September 17 and 18, at Bannockburn on October 1, at Alloa Tower on October 15 and at Falkland Palace, Fife on October 29. Further details of how to register for the group can be found online at http://www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Outdoor.