Trust announces plans for North-east gathering

the National Trust for Scotland has announced the programme for its first Local Assembly in the North-east.

The Trust’s North-east Local Assembly is being held at Haddo House on Wednesday, September 12, and is one of a series of regular events being held around the country for Trust members and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s heritage, history and built and natural environments.

The event is being hosted by the charity’s chairman, Sir Kenneth Calman.

North-east based NTS Trustee Margaret Alexander said: “We have pledged to make the National Trust for Scotland more accountable and accessible to members around the country and Local Assemblies are part of our commitment to do that.

“Given that the North-east has the highest concentration of members and Trust properties, it is important that everyone here takes this opportunity to learn more about what the Trust is doing locally and nationally and have their say on their heritage.

“We have put together an eclectic programme which covers subjects as diverse as exciting archaeological discoveries we have made in the area, the vision for Mar Lodge Estate and local arts and culture.

“There is also the promise of a talk from the ever-entertaining Cameron Taylor with the highly intriguing title the strange case of the leg and the ledger – North-east departures and homecomings.”

The North-east Local Assembly takes place from 11am on September 12 and is free to attend, although there is an £8 charge for lunch.

Both Trust members and non-members can attend, although places are limited to 250. To book a place at the Local Assembly call 0844 493 2100 or e-mail

The NTS is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities.