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The Cambridge Friends of the National Trust for Scotland is one of the latest Members' Centres to be established. A programme of meetings has been arranged for Spring 2020.

Our talks are held in the Lucy Windsor Room at Newnham College and start at 7:30pm with wine and conversation for an 8pm talk. They are usually finished about 9:30pm. There is usually ample parking nearby.Tickets may be obtained for each talk at a price of £7 per head if pre-ordered or £8.00 on the door. It is better to apply for tickets in advance to ensure availability.
Please make cheques payable to "Cambridge Friends of The National Trust for Scotland".

To apply for tickets, you may:

A printable application form for tickets, in PDF format, may be downloaded by following this link.

The programme for Spring 2020 is given below. A PDF version of the programme and Spring Newsletter may be viewed or downloaded by following this link.

Programme for February to May 2020

Wednesday, 26th February 2020
Picture of a hand and bird talons Picture of Mar Lodge estateAndrew Painting on "Mar Lodge estate: 25 years of cutting edge environmental conservation"
Mar Lodge Estate, the UKs largest National Nature Reserve, is a giant landscape of subarctic mountain plateaux, roaring rivers, rolling moors and bogs and the great Caledonian pinewood.
Its at the cutting edge of environmental conservation Andrew will describe how technology is helping to fight the persecution of birds of prey, how the National Trust for Scotland is saving the Caledonian pinewood and what our mountain landscapes may look like in the future.
Andrew has been the assistant ecologist at Mar Lodge Estate for four years. He has previously been involved in environmental conservation projects across the UK, from the Somerset Levels to the Flow Country.
Wednesday, 18th March 2020
Picture of Dunrobin Castle gardens Picture of Dunrobin Castle Jim Forrest on "Italian gardens in Scotland".
Inspired by the formal gardens of Versailles and the Scottish renaissance, the parterre designs of NTS Pitmedden and the privately owned Dunrobin castle gardens are a testament to the vision and skills of Scottish gardeners of the 19th and 20th centuries. This illustrated talk will show you the beauty and elegance of this formal style of planting.
Jim grew up on the family farm in Banffshire and is a science graduate of Aberdeen University. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Cambridge for over 35 years, is a keen gardener and a committee member of the Cambridge Friends of the National Trust for Scotland.
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020
Picture of old Scottish bank noteJonathan Calloway on "Scottish paper money".
The first Scottish banknote was issued in 1696 by the newly established Bank of Scotland. The Royal Bank arrived on the scene in 1728, with the British Linen Company following in 1746 that fateful year of Culloden.
This triopoly dominated Scottish banking for many years, although a number of other banks came. Most issued their own notes, which were circulated in Scotland and, in some cases, beyond. There were still about ten banks issuing notes in 1900, but they were gradually whittled down to the three remaining today.
Jonathan Callaway is a retired banker, co-author of two histories and catalogues on paper money and is a collector of paper money. He will tell us the history of Scottish banknotes, and consider what the future might hold for these distinctive (but now anomalous) banknotes.
Wednesday, 13th May 2020
Picture of a London scene Picture of an old print of LondonColin Clarkson on "Scottish London"
Come on a virtual tour of London locations with Scottish associates from kings to commoners: a veritable Scotch broth of authors, architects and artists, spiced perhaps with the odd criminal and charlatan no Travelcard required.
Colin Clarkson is Head of Modern Research Collections and Curator of the Historical Printing Room, Cambridge University Library.

Picture of stamp showing Pitmedden gardens Supporting the National Trust for Scotland logo Committee members:
Jim Stewart, Chairman & Treasurer
Judy Potter, Secretary
Patsy Glazebrook
Donald Douglas, Membership Secretary
Dr Alan Freeman
Julian Landy
Jim Forrest

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