Secure future for Birthplace

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ANGUS properties including Barrie’s Birthplace in Kirriemuir and the House of Dun near Montrose are set to benefit from a restructure of the National Trust for Scotland.

The conservation charity has unveiled its new five-year strategy, promising step-changes in the way the organisation is managed, investment into its properties and in its engagement with members and visitors.

The new strategy is a response to the recommendations arising from an independent review of the charity led by former Scottish Parliament presiding officer the Rt Hon George Reid.

Sir Kenneth Calman, chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, said: “Since the publication of the independent review, an incredible amount has been achieved by the dynamic new board of trustees and senior management team.

“Reforms, careful evaluation and fresh thinking have enabled us to be in a position to publish this new strategy and set in motion the process of awakening ‘the sleeping warrior’ that is the Trust. We are ready and prepared for a new era of innovation, engagement and advocacy for the natural, built and cultural heritage that makes Scotland so special and unique.

“As we looked at each of the sites we care for in depth, we came to understand just how much opportunity there is in each. As a Board we saw no need to consider the disposal of major heritage properties – instead we can unlock their potential in order to secure their ongoing conservation for future generations.”

Kate Mavor, the Trust’s Chief Executive added: “We have come a long way in the last two years. As we have gained confidence, we can see that others have regained their confidence in us.

“Development of this strategy was a fully inclusive process, ranging from the views expressed during the strategic review, engagement with staff and volunteers, and most recently a survey completed this summer by almost 4,500 members and visitors including many from Angus. This gives us certainty that we have fully reflected the aspirations and hopes that the nation has for the Trust and the heritage it cares for.

“The next five years will see more change; we are going to transform the culture of the Trust and invest in our properties in order to bring their stories to life.

“Living within our means, we will advance towards long-term goals at a steady and realistic pace and achieve all the ambitions we have set out. We are in this for the long haul.”