Arduaine, noted for its Rhododendron collection, has four horticultural staff, while Inveresk Lodge Garden has one. A final decision on their fate is expected by late spring. Elsewhere, though, gardens will escape the axe. The Hill of Tarvit Mansion House in Fife is likely to be let to a tenant while the 16ha grounds remain open to the public.
Likewise, the sale of Leith Hall House in Aberdeenshire has been proposed, with the 2ha garden and wider 110ha estate remaining under NTS management.
A similar plan has been proposed for the organic walled garden at Fife's Kellie Castle, as the NTS hands control of the castle itself to local volunteers.
Haddo House gardens in Aberdeenshire will also remain open, while the house is restricted to functions, events and pre-booked tours.