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About Us.

The Haining Charitable Trust was established in 2010 to safeguard the future of the estate. The HCT and the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust with the support of the Scottish Borders Council are working together to establish a viable future for the estate.

The Trustees.

Jean Pringle-Pattison (Cousin of the late Andrew Nimmo-Smith)
Wilma Cowan Erstwhile (Work colleague and latterly holder of his power of attorney)
Susan Edington (Solicitor and friend of the late Andrew Nimmo-Smith)
Lawrence Robertson (Architect and active in local regeneration)

The Haining Charitable Trust Vision.

The creation of a vibrant, accessible and sustainable estate, safeguarding the historic buildings and landscape with a mix of new enterprises, providing cultural, educational, recreational, economic and social benefits to local communities and visitors.

The long term viability of the estate will be dependant on a diverse mix of uses, with community and cultural facilities backed with sound commercial ventures.

The Haining and the Community.

The HCT welcome the support of Scottish Borders Council. The Council has helped in the creation of a new pedestrian access point into the Estate from the Town Car Park. An opening in the wall at the West Port car park creates a link onto the popular paths around the loch and woodlands. The provision of information boards around the Estate and the creation of new paths and a viewing platform on the Loch, by the local Community Service Team.

Susan Edington, Trustee for the Haining Charitable Trust highlighted: “As well as the new path network, I am delighted that we have the opportunity to provide a new pedestrian access point into the estate from the town centre.  The designed parkland and loch are a beautiful legacy of early developments of the estate and recognised by Historic Scotland in their Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.  This new path linking directly from the town centre provides a great opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy the Estate”.  

She continued:  “I would like to thank the trustees and the people of Selkirk for their continued support in these exciting early stages to redevelop the Haining.  I would also like to thank Scottish Borders Council and in particular the Criminal Justice Team for all their efforts and support in bringing this initial access project together.”

One of the remits of HCT is to encourage local participation in the life of  the Estate,  and  local  firms  have been commissioned to carry out maintenance on the Estate to date. HCT will continue to employ local Borders businesses for small projects, maintenance and events. The major funders for the larger projects require  that European procurement procedures are followed, which will necessitate advertising the tendering of the building works to main contractors on a wider national basis. It is hoped, however, that local sub-contractors will be employed by the chosen main contractor to carry out the bulk of the work.

Funding is being sought for a series of community and educational projects, to take place in 2012, including an archaeological survey on the site of the C12th Selkirk Castle on Pele Hill with local primary  schools,  the creation of an outdoor classroom for the popular Forest Schools initiative led by the Borders Forest Trust and the development of a leaflet detailing the path network around the Estate.