Heritage stories highlighted in NTS online soundslides

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A fungi hunter and some the area’s most haunted houses are amongst the Aberdeenshire heritage stories which are showcased in a new series of online soundslides for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

Ali Murfitt, who has just completed a fungus apprenticeship with the NTS, shows her skill in identifying fungi on the Mar Lodge Estate, near Braemar, and the ghost stories of the area, especially those at Crathes Castle, feature in the Trust’s Scotland’s Stories project.

This created 20 soundslides which tell the story of the diversity of the skills of the people needed to tend the places in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and their passion for their vital work to conserve and promote our heritage.

The stories from Aberdeenshire feature at: www.scotlandsstories.com.

Chief Executive Kate Mavor said: “The Trust is uniquely placed in Scotland – it’s the only conservation charity which is responsible for looking after the whole panoply of our heritage – built, natural and cultural.

“Through Scotland’s Stories we hope to give an insight into the vast array of skills and experience that is needed to look after the special places and items in our care. All of this goes on day in, day out and often un-noticed behind the scenes.

“We wanted to pull back the curtain on the world of conservation and shine a light on the talent and dedication of the passionate people who keep Aberdeenshire’s heritage alive for future generations.”

The project is intended to raise public awareness of what’s involved in caring for the nation’s heritage and encouraging people to talk about it too, as outlined in the Trust’s strategy ‘Securing the future of our past’, published in August 2011.

Director Verity Walker said: “We were blessed with a stunning day in which to explore Mar Lodge’s beautiful and varied grassland fungi with apprentice Ali Murfitt, and the highlight for my team was collecting chanterelle fungi, then cooking them with butter and wild herbs in the open air on an ancient camping gas stove and eating them there and then.

“Not far away, Crathes Castle offered a very spooky dimension to our Haunted Houses vodcast too: Aberdeenshire has such an amazing variety of National Trust for Scotland properties.”

People can upload their own stories about Trust properties, their visits and experiences there at a dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsStories