Tantallon Castle in Scotland
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COVID-19 crisis forces Historic Environment Scotland to scale back actions to protect heritage sites against climate change

Historic Environment Scotland has been investigating how its heritage sites are at risk from climate change for the last ten years. In February this year, the organisation released a climate action plan for 2020-2025. But now, the COVID-19 crisis puts the progress at risk, as the organisation battles with a £53 million deficit.

Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland’s lead climate change official, said: “We, like many others, have had to effectively lockdown and close our sites. We moved our normal conservation work onto basic core maintenance.”

But Historic Environment Scotland’s action plan to kickstart a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis makes clear that “a key focus” will be a response to the climate emergency and “maximising carbon savings during any closure period”.

Read the full article on The Herald website.

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