North east assembly

THE NATIONAL Trust for Scotland will hold its first ever north east assembly in Aberdeenshire next month.

Hosted by Sir Kenneth Calman, the conservation charity’s chairman, at Haddo House near Ellon the event is one of a series of regular meetings being held around the country. It will be open to trust members and anyone in the north east of Scotland with an interest in Scotland’s heritage, history and built and natural environments.

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.”

The assembly will begin at 11 a.m. 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. Places can be booked by calling 0844 493 2100 or by e-mailing