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14SUMMER 2012NEWSTree trackersTREESoriginating from 21native pinewoods are beingused in a unique experiment at Inverewe Garden. The young pines have been grown at Inverewe fromseeds collected from sites that are remnants of theCaledonian pine forest that once covered much of thecountry. Visitors will notice new deer fencing.The trees form part of a long-term experiment that willtrack them until they are fully grown to test how theyrespond to the mild but damp climate in Wester Ross. Itis the start of an initiative by the James Hutton Institute.An identical experiment, using seedlings grown fromthe same mother trees, will take place in Aberdeenshire,where the climate is sunnier but cooler and drier.The work should help assess the prospects andbiodiversity value of the forests. Dr Glenn Iason, projectleader, said: "I am hugely grateful to staff at Inverewe."Regeneration prize THREADNEEDLEStreet in Peterheadwas declared winner of theRegeneration category of the RICSScotland Awards 2012.The competition, organised by theRoyal Institution of CharteredSurveyors (RICS) in Scotland,recognises the achievements of land,property and constructionprofessionals in four categories -Design and Innovation, BuildingConservation, Regeneration andCommunity Benefit. Threadneedle Street is a pair ofGeorgian terraces constructed in1771. It is a small, socially inclusiveproject and is part of the Trust's LittleHouses Improvement Scheme. Theproject, pictured right, is a housingand day care centre with three self-contained flats for physically andmentally impaired people. Thejudges were impressed with theconservation of the historic buildingsto provide, modern, flexible andaccessible accommodation which ishidden from the historic street front.The restoration is of high quality,well thought out and sensitive to itssurroundings. Stephen Copp, of the Trust, said:"The Little Houses ImprovementScheme is honoured to receive thisaward. Our goal was to work withthe local community to bring newlife to a group of neglectedproperties and to provide muchneeded housing for a vulnerableelement of society. We are delightedthat our efforts have been recognisedby such a significant institution asthe RICS."The right lines YOUNGwould-be poets can pick up tips from theexperts in a series of events at Gladstone's Land. Theproperty is working with the Scottish Poetry Library andScottish Historic Buildings Trust to host poetry workshopsfor primary 5 and 6 pupils. In sessions lasting from 10-2.30, they will work closelywith poet Ken Cockburn, education officer Lorna Irvineand the property's education guides. The children will geta tour of the tenement, focusing on aspects of the 17thcentury that will inspire their poetry in the afternoon. Street calls will recreate what selling wares on thestreet would have sounded like. The children will work inthe inspiring rooms of Riddle's Court to write their poemsand read them out to the class. Workshops will be hostedon 11, 19, 27 September and 4 October, National PoetryDay. Interested teachers should call 0844 493 2120.FOR THEDIARY3 OctoberThe annual lecturefor members in theLondon area takesplace at the RoyalGeographicalSociety, Kensington.For details contactOlivia Smart on07766 573369. Stone shelterARTand heritage conservation have come together in a creative partnershipin the grounds of Brodie Castle, site of Rodney's Stone, a Pictish monument. Fife artist Jon Warnes spent three weeks creating a sculptural willowwindbreak behind it. The idea is to give temporary protection from the windwhile a broadleaved woodland grows in place of recently felled conifers.Trust archaeologist Dr Shannon Fraser, who led the project, explained: "Thewoven willow complements the interlace patterns on the cross carved on oneface of the stone, while the windbreak's sinuous form and decorativeelements take their inspiration from mythical beasts on the other face."?

WWW.NTS.ORG.UK15A chance to helpANoutdoor Conservation VolunteerGroup has been set up in theHighlands. If you'd like to learn newskills, meet new people and work instunning locations visit www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/OutdoorFOR THEDIARY19-21 OctA crime writingfestival is to be heldat Haddo House andsurroundingproperties. Hearleading authorsreading chillingtales in hauntedcastles and historichouses, or enjoywriting workshops,tours, films andevents for buddingyoung detectives.Details on the Trustwebsite inSeptember.Your views wantedTHEstrategic review led by the Rt Hon George Reid in 2009-10 recommended fundamentalchanges to the way in which the Trust is governed. This led to the establishment and election of ournew Board of Trustees. However, further recommended changes will require the primarylegislation that established the Trust to be modified, and this can only be done by an Act of the ScottishParliament. Members approved all the review's recommendations at the 2010 AGM. Nevertheless, beforeMSPs can consider any modifications, they must be assured that Trust members and others have beenformally consulted. The proposals are:. That the President and Vice-Presidents of the Trust should no longer be members of the Board of Trustees . To increase the maximum term of co-option to the Board of Trustees to a period of up to four years . To remove references to 'representative members' being part of the Board of Trustees . To permit the Trust to be known formally as 'The National Trust for Scotland' as well as 'The National Trustfor Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty'These changes would continue the process of reforming the Trust's governance in line with modern charitablepractice and complete the governance reforms that have been taking place since the end of 2010. Moreinformation can be found at www.nts.org/legislation. To submit your views on these four proposals please e-mail legislation@nts.org.ukTAKE NOTELove theme THE love life of Robert Burns has inspired anexhibition of new works by Scottish artistAdrian Wiszniewski, on show and for sale atthe Robert Burns Birthplace Museum until 27August."The Man Who Loved Women" is acollection of 12 oil paintings, all producedwithin the last year. Every painting tells adifferent story; some tender, some tragic, in acontemporary look at the Bard's infamousromantic past.Since the museum opened in 2010 it hasworked with some of Scotland's leadingartists, writers, poets and musicians. With theappointment of Sheilagh Tennant as curator, itis developing as a national cultural hub anddemonstrating that Burns continues toinfluence and inspire artists more than 200years after his death.