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4SPRING 2012CONTENTS20LEARNING THEIR KEEP The Trust is providing high-qualitytraining to ensure that conservation has abright future. Sam Phipps meets some ofthe young people acquiring new skillswith the organisation 27A SUPERLATIVE SELECTIONDo you like to go to extremes? Then seewhat you make of Don Currie'scelebration of the Trust's highest,remotest, northernmost, southernmost,holiest and bizarrest properties32GENIAL HOSTPolitical rebel Tam Dalyell, who shares hishome with Trust members, tells Iain Galehow the arrangement came about 38IN THEIR OWN WORDSA series of stunning films specially madefor the Trust website allows staff andvolunteers at a variety of properties to telltheir own stories, writes Stuart Delves 46SPORTING CHANCETrust holiday properties are guaranteed tooffer something special. In the case of Hillof Tarvit in Fife, you have a unique 1920sgolf course right outside your door. AdamCampbell donned his plus-fours to try it 53BEST OF THE WESTThe Trust has beautiful gardens all overthe country -but some of the finest, andmost relaxing to visit, are within a shortjourney of each other in and aroundGlasgow, writes Antoinette GalbraithFeatures382732Spring2012. Vol 29 number 146

3 WELCOME7 NEWS 16 LETTERSReaders have their say18 BEHIND THE SCENES Meet the team at Mar Lodge Estate36 OBJECT OF VIRTUE Tea caddy at the Georgian House59 ASK THE EXPERTS Tips on attracting garden birds, donatingcurios and maintaining your home61 EVENTS GUIDEWhat's happening at Trust properties inthe months to come66 RETAIL Jewellery and books70 INSIGHT A sustainable future for crofting74 FROM THE ARCHIVE Irish guests at Culloden RegularsScotland in Trustis available inlarge print oraudio format(CD/cassette). If you'd like acopy, contact 0844 493 2100detailing which format yourequire.667418706159WIN A NIKON CAMERA!WWW.NTS.ORG.UK5