Historic mill go to led to £2.4m donation for Nationwide Belief for Scotland

CONSERVATION charity the Nationwide Belief for Scotland has obtained a serious present of £2.4m from a donor after a go to to Barry Mill, Carnoustie. 

The donor, from Fife, visited the historic B Listed mill earlier this yr and was impressed by the current restoration work already carried out to the construction of the mill.

The data of the workforce who welcomed him additionally impressed the donor and, following the go to, he made an instantaneous 5 determine donation to facilitate additional main restore work wanted to the massive mill wheel.

The numerous Christmas present of £2.4m to the Nationwide Belief for Scotland is among the largest single donations from a dwelling donor within the historical past of the charity’s 90 plus years.

Barry Mill is one among just a few surviving water-powered mills

This transformational present recognises the Belief’s work to guard Scotland’s heritage and will probably be used to help the conservation charity’s exercise, notably in Fife, Angus, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire.

Restoration work at Barry Mill is already underway and guests will be capable of expertise this first-hand when it re-opens to the general public on 21 March.

The mill is the final water–powered mill to have labored in Angus and historic data present that there was a mill on the location since not less than 1539, although it ceased milling oatmeal and animal feeds by 1982.

It’s one among solely only a few extant mills powered by water, and was rebuilt after a hearth round 1814 and is a tremendous instance of its sort of grain mill.

Chief Government Philip Lengthy OBE mentioned: “All at our charity are extremely grateful for this glorious, beneficiant present which is so important as we work to guard and share Scotland’s nature, magnificence and heritage.

“It’s particularly heartening that it was the highly effective mixture of our particular locations and folks which impressed this substantial sign of help.”

The present comes throughout a file yr for charitable donations to the conservation charity which cares for and protects particular locations throughout Scotland from Rockcliffe within the south to Honest Isle within the north.

It has seen greater than £10.8m raised thus far in 2023 – £5.1m of this has come from presents in wills.

Moreover, £5.7m has come from donors and supporters responding to appeals, members of its Patrons Membership and Founders Circle, company supporters and grant funders.

Mr Lengthy continued: “Throughout this festive season, we need to say thanks to everybody who has supported our charity in 2023.

“Whether or not responding to our appeals for seabirds or for footpaths, taking part in our lottery, dedicating a tree, or leaving a present to the Nationwide Belief for Scotland in your will, each contribution, massive and small, is appreciated.

“Along with the help of our loyal members, [the donations enable] our charity to proceed conserving and defending Scotland’s heritage for everybody to get pleasure from.”

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