Glasshouse conservation project in Scotland progress-june2017

Adventure Details 

Project Instructor - Stephanie Weinraub

Stephanie has a master’s degree in history from the University of Strathclyde, specializing in castle conservation, as well as a second master's in architectural conservation from the University of Edinburgh. She designed the work plan for the first session of this conservation project and will continue as project manager in September.

Project Funders

AiP is actively seeking sponsors. Join us in saving this rare Edwardian greenhouse and continuing invaluable plant conservation efforts.

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Project Partners

Hamish Lochore
Hamish Lochore took on the cause of fostering trees about ten years ago after retiring. He spends countless hours raising trees from seed and planting them in an 80-acre arboretum. The arboretum is open to all who wish to come and see the great variety of trees. His vision is to bring people and nature back together, saving as many species as possible for future generations. Most of the seeds are hand reaped by friends, family and volunteers around the world, who then send them to Hamish for planting.

Grounds of the Burgie Estate, site of AiP's conservation experience in Scotland


For 1 week, DBL US$1,390 | SGL +US$300
For two weeks, DBL US$2,600 | SGL +US$600

Registration for 1 week covers 7 nights & 8 days to include weekend excursion.

If you are fundraising for your trip and would like a breakdown of costs, contact AiP.


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Additional Cost Information

Your fee includes:

  • Ground transportation between Inverness Airport & Burgie
  • Lodging during your session
  • Meals from dinner on day of arrival through breakfast on day of departure, except on excursions
  • Excursions during your trip dates
  • Instruction from on-site expert

All participants are responsible for:

  • Travel to Inverness or project site
  • Visa if required
  • Meals and entrance fees during excursions
  • Travel health insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. Send AiP proof of purchase.

Reglaze an Edwardian Glasshouse

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Date: September 24-30, 2017; October 1-7, 2017

Learn the intricacies of glasshouse conservation while you polish your glass cutting and glazing skills.


Week 1 Full; Space available Week 2.

Unique Glasshouse Conservation Project in Northern Scotland

AiP is excited to continue our glasshouse conservation project at the Burgie greenhouse, and we’re heading back to Scotland in just a few months. glasshouse conservation project glazing work June 2017Join us! Picture yourself arriving in northern Scotland and delighting in the area’s unique microclimate – both warmer and drier than the rest of Scotland. Explore the Burgie Estate: the ruins of a medieval castle, an elegant country home, and a man named Hamish who is dedicating his property to conservation.

Check out all the great work our June crew accomplished conserving the wooden frame of the central greenhouse. With a feeling of urgency to finish glazing before winter, we invite you to join us in leaving a lasting legacy and join this glasshouse conservation project. We know the notice is short, but we hope the call of Scotland will bring you in September!

Glasshouse Conservation – Project and Need

Burgie Greenhouse, focus of glasshouse conservatoin project in ScotlandThe Burgie Edwardian-era greenhouse, or glasshouse as it was originally called, was built in 1912 and is playing an outsize role in history. It is central to Hamish Lochore’s efforts to establish an arboretum of trees from around the world in order to preserve their genetic legacy.

For ten years, Hamish has researched and collected tree seeds best suited for the site—some rare, some endangered, and others that create a unique variety. A network of friends and volunteers works worldwide collecting and hand selecting seeds and sending them to Scotland. The seeds are nurtured in the greenhouse, and then planted in the arboretum. Without a working greenhouse, development of the arboretum is impossible.

How You’ll Help

The preparing glazing groove glasshouse conservation project Scotland June2017focus of the September/October conservation project is to complete the glazing of the central greenhouse building, built by James Walker of Aberdeen. AiP jammers spent two weeks in June repairing and conserving the wood frame in preparation for glazing. The entire central structure was sanded and treated with linseed oil; rotting wood replaced; and primer applied from top to bottom.

Work this fall will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn to measure irregular spaces and cut glass to fit
  • Complete glazing of the central greenhouse
  • Search library archives for historic documents on the greenhouse
  • Apply final coat of paint to central structure
  • Prepare east wing for conservation to begin in 2018

Work begins daily at 9am, after a leisurely breakfast, with a discussion of the day’s tasks and demonstration of skills as needed. There is an hour lunch break; work ends about 5pm.

By being part of a project I learnt so much more about the local culture and met people I would never have met as a tourist. – Jennifer O’Connell, Skenduli House Project, Gjirokastra, Albania 2014


Opportunities for excursions in this region of Scotland abound. You might consider extending your visit to Scotland, before or after your project session, to take advantage of Scotland’sSouth over the Quiraing, Isle of Skye Scotland many historic and natural sites.

We will take two afternoon/evening excursions to exploe the local sites. From castles to distilleries, cathedrals to cashmere mills, the options are endless.

Lodging and Meals

We will stay in a wonderful house in Findhorn, near Findhorn Bay and a short drive from the Burgie estate.

Scottish cuisine has much to offer, from salmon to monkfish to Angus beef along with delicious soups and local produce. We will enjoy a local pub or restaurant each evening and can check out the catch of the day.

I was able to learn so much more than I ever would in a classroom and I can’t wait to share what I learned. . — Jason Mulvey, 2017 


Your project fee of US$1390/week covers the cost of lodging in a double room, meals, excursions, training and materials, and transportation to and from Inverness Airport. If you prefer a single room, an additional single supplement will be added to your fee.

Residents living in the Moray region are welcome to join us. Come for several days or for the entire session and help save an important piece of your local history. Your fee will be adjusted depending on need for lodging, meals and so on. Contact AiP if you are interested.

Travel Details

If flying, the Inverness Airport is closest to the project site, and airport pickup can be arranged from Inverness. If you plan to rent a car, the drive from the Inverness Airport is about 25 minutes (26 miles); from Aberdeen International Airport is a little over 2 hours (75 miles); and from Edinburgh is about 3.5 hours (170 miles).

High temperatures from late September into early October average between 55-60F/13-16C, with lows around 43F/6C. Bring clothing that is appropriate for the temperatures and also protective while working. Rain is always possible, so bring adequate rain gear. Close-toed shoes are a requirement for the work site.

If you would like assistance with travel arrangements, contact Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, AiP’s partnering travel agency.

Space is limited to 6 jammers. Register Today!

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If you have any questions or would like to chat with an AiP staff member about joining this cultural heritage experience, contact us at or call us at +1 303-444-0128.