THE National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has today launched an emergency appeal for donations to help save some of the country's most prized cultural assets, including Helensburgh's Hill House.

It was announced earier this week that the conservation charity had placed more than 400 staff at risk of redundancy due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

NTS properties and visitor attractions, such as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Hill House and Geilston Garden in Cardross, remain closed and the Trust is facing a £28 million loss in income over the peak summer season and beyond.

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Issuing an urgent plea for public contributions, the Trust says it needs "your help, more than ever" to "protect Scotland’s heritage".

An update on the NTS website said: "Across the world, coronavirus has affected charities in a variety of ways, straining services, resources and income.

"The Trust is not exempt from these pressures. While the closure of all our places was vital to ensure the safety of our visitors, members and staff, it has meant we’re suffering from a huge loss of income.

"Our ability to look after Scotland’s special places now, and for the future, is threatened.

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"Scotland is known for its wild landscapes, welcoming people and fascinating stories – and we’re proud of the work the Trust does to protect and share all of this. But as a charity this is only possible with your support.

"A gift today will help protect Scotland’s unique heritage –​ the places and objects that we love, which we must continue to save for the nation, to ensure they can be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren."

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