Hope this finds you all well. Apologies for the lack of communication from us but with the Garden being closed there has been very little to share. We had hoped that at least the Lower Garden would open by 1st August but our hopes were dashed.
Head Gardner, Gregor Anderson walked me round the garden a couple of weeks ago to show me the progress to date and the size of challenge ahead. All things being equal we now hope the garden will re-open early in the new year. More information to follow soon.
On another matter, Neil McKinnon contacted me and asked me to forward the message to you. I have spoken to him about Arduaine and he has assured me that he will do all that he can to support the Garden if he is elected. Please see below the information supplied from Neil.
National Trust for Scotland – Trustee Election
Neil MacKinnon is standing for election as a Trustee of the National Trust for Scotland at the upcoming AGM on September 24th.
Neil originally hails from Oban and has a very strong family connection with Argyll. He now lives in Kent and has been a Life Member of the NTS for over 40 years. As you may well be aware, the centenary of the NTS is only a few years away. There is a big focus on developing Canna and making the Gaelic archives in Canna House more accessible to a wider audience as a key centenary project. This particular project is likely to resonate with many of our members and is one of the reasons why Neil is standing for election (as Canna is a place that is very special to him personally too) as well as promoting greater engagement with Scots outwith Scotland.
The NTS AGM voting paper which was circulated to all NTS members about a couple of months ago, together with the Summer edition of the quarterly magazine. It contains a profile of Neil and outlines why he is standing for election as a Trustee. Neil would very much appreciate it if you could take the time to consider him for this role.
Thank you for your continued membership of and support for Arduaine Friends.
Chair of Arduaine Friends