The National Trust for Scotland is fiercely proud of hosting each year the Borders Book Festival at Harmony Garden in Melrose. When the late Mrs Pitman so generously bequeathed the property to the Trust’s care in 1996, I doubt very much that she had any idea of the wonderful use that could be made of the gardens for the festival. Mrs Pitman would have been gratified, as we are today, that the hard work of our volunteers and staff to maintain the gardens and house throughout the year provides such a splendid backdrop to this internationally renowned event. The team behind the Festival does a truly superb job and we at the National Trust for Scotland look forward to working together as the Festival goes from strength to strength.
Sir Moir Lockhead OBE
Chairman, The National Trust for Scotland