Chisholme has always been dependent on the spirit of generosity. Countless selfless acts, such as time freely given, or donations small and large, have enabled the Institute to be owned by no-one and everyone. It has never been dependent on any single donor or on funding from particular interest groups. Chisholme is largely supported by course fees, covenants, legacies, one-off donations, and of course by the grace and goodwill of many, many volunteers.

Over the years, the Institute has been grateful for project grants from Historic Scotland, the Millenium Forest Project, and the Energy Saving Trust as well as ongoing support from
The Beshara Trust.


Photo © Aliya Ryan

Work is being done to create long term sustainability, however financial support towards the upkeep and running of Chisholme is always needed. We also welcome donations to allow anyone who wants, to undertake the education offered whatever their financial situation.

You can support Chisholme in a number of ways:

Donate online to the General Fund
You can make a donation from your PayPal account or by credit/debit card if you are in the UK.

or email Tel +44 (0)1450 880 215, to arrange your gift.
You can also specify where we should apply your gift – garden, forestry, bursaries etc.
Or donate by bank transfer

Covenants take the form of on-going regular payments and can be arranged by Banker's Order within the UK or by Credit Card from anywhere in the world. Download a Donation Form. Even a very small amount given regularly, makes a huge difference over time, and is a tangible token of your support and participation.

Gift Aid
As a charity the Chisholme Institute can reclaim tax paid on gifts from UK taxpayers. You can make your Gift Aid declaration on the Donation Form.
Scottish Charity SC008147, and a company limited by guarantee Reg. in Scotland no. 69001

Leaving a legacy to the Chisholme Institute in your will helps to ensure we can offer this education and unique place for generations to come.
Please email or call +44 (0)1450 880 215 for advice on how to arrange this.

Volunteer fund
The work of many dedicated volunteers continues to be a vital part of the maintenance and support for Chisholme, and the education it offers – read more...
Twelve monthly payments of £5 would support one volunteer for a week. If you are moved to help in this way, you can donate directly through PayPal using this link.


You can also order a little poetry book or a wonderful music CD from our Shop with the proceeds going to Chisholme.

Thank you for your support



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This month is offered for conversation and enquiry. It calls for a contemplative approach but must be addressed honestly and courageously. Here are notes up to August 14th, compiled mostly by Robin Thomson


A walk on the wild side with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, around the Chisholme Estate