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4SUMMER 2012CONTENTS20DESIGNS TO DELIGHT What better time than the Year ofCreative Scotland to celebrate thecountry's superb architectural heritage?Neil Baxter leads a tour of his personalfavourite buildings in the Trust's care 30LAND LOVERSOf course Trust supporters care about thelandscape -but do we have enoughdiscussion of how to look after it underintense pressure? Six people in the publiceye open the debate on divisive issues 41JUST SEWTheirs is not a high-profile role -butwithout its textile conservation volunteersthe Trust's work would suffer. Don Curriemet a team of dedicated individuals 49TOWERING SUCCESSA lighthouse keeper's cottage on a tinyisland is just the place for a familyholiday, as Neil Braidwood discovered 53SHAPING UPTrust gardens are always a joy to exploreat this time of year. But at Threave andBroughton House, Iain Gale reports,sculptures are proving the perfectaccompaniment to floral displays Features203041Summer2012. Vol 29 number 253

3 WELCOME7 NEWS 16 LETTERSYour chance to have your say18 BEHIND THE SCENES Meet the team at Pitmedden Garden38 OBJECT OF VIRTUE Falkland Palace's royal bed55 COMPETITIONWin tickets to Galloway Country Fair61 EVENTS GUIDEThere's always something happening atTrust properties over the summer months66 RETAIL Tweed accessories and book choice70 OUR EXPERT Ann Steele, gardens and designedlandscapes adviser, on phytophthora74 FROM THE ARCHIVE Historic handover at Inverewe Garden RegularsScotland in Trustis available inlarge print oraudio format(CD/cassette). If you'd like acopy, contact 0844 493 2100detailing which format yourequire.6674701838WIN A NIKON CAMERA!WWW.NTS.ORG.UK561