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WWW.NTS.ORG.UKSPRING 20127NEWSWelcome to Lord LindsayTHE Trust is delighted toannounce that the Earl ofLindsayhas agreed tobecome its next president.If endorsed by themembership, Lord Lindsaywill formally take up his roleat the AGM to be held inEdinburgh on 22 September.He will succeed Richard, 10thDuke of Buccleuch and 12thDuke of Queensberry, whohas been president since2002. Lord Lindsay is currentlychairman of the ScottishAgricultural College and of theUnited Kingdom AccreditationService as well as holding anumber of other roles in thepublic, private and NGOsectors. He has taken a long andactive interest in rural Scotland.From 1995-7, he was theScottish minister withresponsibility for agriculture,forestry, environmentalprotection, countryside,sustainable development andculture. He is also a vice-president of the RSPB andbetween 1998 and 2003 waschairman of RSPB Scotland.He is chairman of theMoorland Forum, president ofthe Royal Scottish GeographicalSociety, vice-president of theInternational Tree Foundationand the Royal Smithfield Club,and was recently president ofthe Royal Highland andAgricultural Society of Scotland.Sir Kenneth Calman,chairman of the Trust, said:"Jamie Lindsay has anunrivalled breadth of expertisein terms of Scotland'senvironmental heritage. Hecombines commercial acumenwith direct experience ofpolicy-making and governance,and I have no doubt that hewill be an ideal ambassadorfor the Trust."Well playedTHEGeorgian House in Edinburgh's new townwas transformed into a theatre recently asschool pupils performed Scenes from aGeorgian House. As part of their Advanced Higher Dramacurriculum, the pupils from Holy Rood HighSchool in Edinburgh wrote, directed andperformed the programme of short plays on aheritage theme. As well as the creative work, the pupilslearned about the history of the house thatformed their "set". They performed their show for two nights,and Sandra Morrison, learning manager for theTrust, said: "Thanks to these talented youngpeople and the hard work of colleagues theseevents received rave reviews."The Trust's pARTicipate initiative promotesthe use of all art forms to encourage an interestin Scotland's heritage and its conservation.Welcome to your Trust news -oursummary of all that has beenhappening since the last issue as well as key events and campaigns which are in progressor coming soon.If you'd like to keep right up todate with our activities, we offer avariety of ways to stay informedand to share what's going on withyour friends and family.FacebookA great place to join theconversation and share your Trust stories with friends.www.nts.org.uk/facebookTwitterBitesize updates and up-to-theminute announcements.www.nts.org.uk/twitterNewsEmail newsletterOur monthly e-Newsletterfeatures current news, ideas onplaces to visit and much more.To join, simply visitwww.nts.org.ukand enter youremail address in the Sign Up box.

8SPRING 2012NEWSGive it fiveTHE award-winning Robert BurnsBirthplace Museum in Alloway hasadded another accolade to itsgrowing collection of honours - thecoveted title of 5-star visitorattraction from VisitScotland. MikeCantlay, the chairman ofVisitScotland, is pictured handingover the plaque to property managerCaroline Glenn.Bob's your chairmanTHE appointment of Bob Buchanas the inaugural chairman of theCanadian National Trust forScotland Foundation marks thebeginning of an exciting new phasein the foundation's development. Bob, right, who lives in Torontoand grew up in Fife, has heldprominent positions in theinternational mining sector,notably as founder, president, andchief executive officer of KinrossGold. Today, he is executivechairman and director of AlliedNevada Gold Corp. He said he hoped to "encourageCanadians with Scottish ancestryto recognise the need to conserveand protect Scotland's built andnatural heritage for futuregenerations".Find out more about thefoundation from Claire Welsh oncwelsh@nts.org.ukor follow us onFacebook or Twitter @NTSCanada.Destination ArduaineTHERE's no better time to visit thespectacular Arduaine Garden in Argyllthan during its Spring Festival, from4-6 May. The festival, now in its thirdyear, is held in conjunction with theLoch Melfort Hotel, and has eventsand entertainment for garden fansand heritage enthusiasts alike. Therewill be tours and talks by experts,such as David Mitchell, of the RoyalBotanic Garden, Edinburgh, and thewell-known photographer andcampaigner Mark Edwards. Guestsdine and relax in the wonderfulsurroundings of the hotel, whichoffers the best in service, tranquilaccommodation, tasteful decor andgourmet dining. Prices for theweekend start at £295 per person,including accommodation, mealsand a selection of events. Day ratesand tours are also available. Someproceeds will benefit the garden.Details on www.nts.org.uk, and tobook call 0844 493 2100.10-15 April'Plantscapes' is thetitle of an exhibitionby mother anddaughter Janet Dyerand Nicola Plummer.They give differentperspectives on thelandscape of flowers,from Cornwall toScotland. Free entryto the GladstoneGallery -daily 10-5,at Gladstone's Land,Edinburgh. FOR THEDIARYMountain supportTHE Trust gratefully acknowledgessupport from the ScottishMountaineering Trust for theMountains for People project. Thegrant-making charity was set up in1962 to help people enjoy andappreciate mountains and themountain environment in Scotlandand throughout the world.