Players' support for National Trust for Scotland tops £1.3 million

Support for Scotland’s heritage from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery has exceeded £1.3 million.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 6:33 am
At Drum Castle  a new gallery space was created thanks to support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

The news came at the charity lottery's 2021 annual gala where they announced another £425,000 to help the charity that protects Scotland’s national and natural treasures continue its vital conservation work, despite the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cumulatively, since 2014, that takes the total support received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to £1,398,695.

In that time, the funding has been put to good use at National Trust for Scotland properties across the country including creating a new gallery space at Drum Castle in Banchory, thanks to support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

In 2020, support from players went to the Trust’s Project Wipeout, an ambitious project that aims to eradicate non-native invasive plants from a number of Trust places across the country.

Since August last year, Project Wipeout has cleared over 40 hectares of the most destructive plants including Rhododendron ponticum, Japanese knotweed and American skunk cabbage at eight sites across Scotland.

National Trust for Scotland Chief Executive Philip Long OBE said: “We cannot thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough for their longstanding commitment to and support of our charity’s conservation work.

"Over the past seven years, so many important projects have only been possible because of these funds.

“With this help, work like Wipeout, which is making a real difference to Scotland’s environment, has been able to continue over the past year.”

He added: "Thank you for helping to protect Scotland’s heritage, now and for future generations.”

Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environment Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are continuing to support Project Wipeout and helping to eradicate non-native invasive species which are so damaging to Scotland’s wildlife.

“It’s great to celebrate the support of players for National Trust for Scotland projects over the past seven years, and their positive impact for Scotland’s heritage.”