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PE01721: National tourism strategy for Scotland and the role of the National Trust for Scotland

Culture Sport

Petitioner: John Hanks on behalf of Friends of Geilston


Date Lodged: 10 June 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to meet with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) to discuss the role the NTS can play in the context of the national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020 and, within that, the future of any Trust property under threat of closure, such as Geilston Gardens near Cardross. 

Petition History:

The petitioner has collected 115 offline signatures.


20 June 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance and Visit Scotland. Link to Official Report of Meeting 20 June 2019

5 December 2019: The Committee agreed to refer the petition, under Standing Order Rule 15.6.2, to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee for consideration. Link to Official Report of Meeting 5 December 2019 

Written submissions

Do you agree that the National Trust for Scotland can play a key role in Scotland’s national tourism strategy?

Are you aware of any Trust properties in your area that may be at risk of closure?

If yes, what impact do you think this may have on the local area?

A very worthy cause!

Elizabeth Murphy

9:48 on 10 Jun 2019

I am an NTS member of many years. Have enjoyed visiting with family members. It's easily accessible and a safe place to visit with young ones

Pamela Stevenson

15:02 on 09 Jun 2019

Fantastic Gardens bringing visitors to the area, supporting jobs and opportunities.

Liz Kerr

8:56 on 09 Jun 2019

Beautiful garden house thatcould be utilised better and be a source of income A smallgem that should be valued

Rita Brown

11:06 on 08 Jun 2019

I think Geilston is a great asset to the West of Scotland which needs more tourists and the garden is fantastic.

Mary Tacchi

12:40 on 07 Jun 2019

To close an NTS property in a popular tourist area so close to the Loch Lomond National Park, seems a retrograde step by a national heritage organisation.

Christine Hendry

20:40 on 06 Jun 2019

The action of the NTS Trust in not fulfilling the intentions of the benefactor, will, and indeed should, cause anyone considering donating to NTS in the future, to think very hard about whether the organisation can be trusted.

Jean Cook

12:24 on 06 Jun 2019

The NTS could learn from NT England. Far more organised, know how to attract visitors and are much more inclusive

dianne gopee

11:18 on 06 Jun 2019

Geilston Gardens are a beautiful example of mature gardens and one of the few such properties that can be accessed by public transport making it a valuable resource in the west of Scotland.

Rhona Dick

7:12 on 06 Jun 2019

It is my intention to travel and view this beautiful place. I benefit, therefore, in all sorts of ways. If that opportunity is not available, then I lose but so does Scotland because you won't get the economic benefit of tourism and neither will Scotland benefit in terms of perception of attracting future tourists. Short-sighted view by the government having long-term consequences on Scotland, locally and globally!

Lilly Fitzgerald

1:01 on 06 Jun 2019

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