Join as a member of Scott’s Abbotsford Circle and help safeguard Abbotsford forever 

Sir Walter Scott is known across the world for his literary works and is celebrated for the impact he made upon our understanding of the past, and the ways in which our identities are shaped by landscapes and our cultural heritage.  He spent a lifetime devoted to collecting and sharing stories from the past so we could learn from them.  However Scott was squarely focussed on the future too.  Few realise that the inspiration and reward for his writing often hinged upon time spent in the woodlands around his home, banishing the ‘mulligrubs’ of his depression.  He planted more than half of his once-barren estate with trees.  It is in this pioneering spirit – planting the seeds for future generations – that Abbotsford have established the Scott’s Abbotsford Circle.

By making a substantial annual donation Circle members have the opportunity to continue Scott’s vision for many years to come by supporting The Abbotsford Trust’s charitable work in the fields of conservation, curation, and learning.

Over the years we have gained so much from our connection with The Abbotsford Trust and Walter Scott’s amazing home, gardens and collections.  It is very important to us to contribute towards safeguarding the special place that is Abbotsford as a resource for future generations.”

Lord and Lady Sanderson, founding members of Scott’s Abbotsford Circle

As a Circle member you will have the opportunity to get to know the areas of Abbotsford’s work that most interest you through special events, by meeting the key staff and witnessing the impact that your contributions make.  You will be part of the inspirational and creative network of people dedicated to promoting Abbotsford and the story of Scott’s life and works.  Your annual philanthropic gifts enable Abbotsford to achieve our ambitious goals.  Circle members support the conservation of items within our care alongside transformational education and engagement programmes in the community.

Scott’s Abbotsford Circle is an annual giving membership programme that supports the work of The Abbotsford Trust.Potential members are invited to give an unrestricted donation of at least £3,000 to join the Circle. Download the Scott's Abbotsford Circle Leaflet for information about the exclusive benefits that come with Circle membership, and then complete the Circle Application Form. For more information about Scott’s Abbotsford Circle contact Sheena Stone, Abbotsford Development Manager or call 07840 850443.

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