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Scotland Magazine Issue 95

Regional Focus: Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire coastal path, Exlusive interview: Ruth Connell, Shipbuilding on the Clyde, Clan MacAulay

 
Fri 30 Nov 2012

Sky high costs of conserving Skyfall location

Upgrades costing almost a quarter of a million pounds could be needed over the next few years to help look after one of Scotland’s most iconic places – Glencoe – its owners have revealed.

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland cares for large parts of Glencoe and Dalness, conserving the delicate alpine environment and the flora and fauna found there, maintaining footpaths, running a successful visitor centre and providing walks, events and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Funds permitting, a series of upgrades could be carried out to upgrade facilities onsite over the next two years – these include works to the visitor centre and to path and bridge repairs. Plans to spend £140,000 replacing the boiler have already been scaled back due to restricted funds and a less expensive repair is planned instead. In 2013/ 14, the conservation charity will spend £660,000 looking after Glencoe.

The site is currently appearing in cinemas everywhere in Skyfall, the latest Bond movie.

This latest appeal highlights that costs involved in conservation work at Glencoe and at the Trust’s other sites across Scotland just keep rising. When major projects need to be undertaken, the call on the charity’s funds can be substantial.

In the letter to 90,000 of the Trust’s 312,000 members, Chief Executive Kate Mavor said:

“Imagine the terrible consequences if the Trust could no longer afford to care for your favourite property or any of the other special places in our care. Beautiful buildings would fall into disrepair, precious collections would lie neglected and once-beautiful gardens would become overgrown and dark. Even wild habitats could be threatened by insensitive development.

“We hope we never have to face this reality, but the truth is that without your help we will struggle to cover the costs of caring for our properties this year.

“Membership subscriptions only go halfway towards meeting the £20 million bill we face every year just to keep our properties open for you to enjoy.”

The charity also highlighted the cost of roof repairs needed at Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire which amount to £34,000 and more than £50,000 is needed for plans to restore and repair glasshouses and a historic doocot in the A-listed designed landscape at Newhailes in East Lothian.

The campaign aims to raise in excess of £100,000 to carry out conservation projects all over the country. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.inforthefuture.com.