Glasgow Conservation Volunteer Group

Join your local group and help us with outdoor conservation work across Scotland.

Planning meetings

Quarterly planning meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PS. During these meetings future projects will be discussed, leaders and drivers are selected and you will also have the opportunity to book a place on projects. National Trust for Scotland staff regularly attend and slideshows are occasionally given.

How to join a project

If you would like to participate in a project with the group, please register first and then visit the Glasgow Conservation Volunteer Group website. You should receive a confirmation email within several days. Alternatively, please give your name to Colin Speirs at planning meetings or contact him by email at convenor@glasgowgreener.org.uk.

The meeting place for all projects is the front entrance of Glasgow Central Station, Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SL. If you choose to make your own way to the project, make sure that you let the project leader know.

If you find that you are unable to attend, please let the project leader know as soon as possible – ‘no shows’ can have financial implications for the Trust and prevent others from attending.

Sturdy footwear is essential, unless otherwise stated.

Projects

Ben Lawers

Dates: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Time: Departs at 18.30

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

Ben Lawers is one of Scotland’s highest mountains.  It gives its name to a whole National Nature Reserve, which includes six other Munros.  Upland pathwork is planned for this weekend and it could involve a long walk to the work site.    

Accommodation is provided for this project at Lynedoch in Killin, which is heated and has hot water but limited space.

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Check with your Conservation Volunteer Leader beforehand. 

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2018 

Time: Departs at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This year is the start of an exciting project to box the Hill House, allowing the building to dry out and for crucial conservation work to take place.  In preparing the garden for this project you will be helping staff to uplift threatened plants for their protection, as well as carrying out other maintenance duties which will be confirmed nearer the time.

Brodick Castle

Dates: Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018

Time: Meet at Ardrossan for the 18.00 ferry

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Brodick is Britain’s only island country park, extending from seashore to mountain top.  A climb to the highest summit of Goatfell offers fine views of Jura and Ben Lomond.  Work may include clearing invasive bracken and rhododendron, and/or footpath maintenance.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Shore Lodge, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Check with your Conservation Volunteer Leader beforehand.

Crarae Garden

Dates: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018

Time: Departs at 18.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12+

The Crarae Garden team desperately need assistance to restore paths and clear encroaching shrubbery from access routes into the 50 acre Forest Garden which is currently closed to the public.  With your help we’d like to once again open up this hidden gem for all to see.  

The accommodation for this project is still to be confirmed.

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Check with your Conservation Volunteer Leader beforehand.

Bannockburn

Dates: Saturday 4 August

Time: Departs at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12+

As part of ongoing habitat conservation work for butterflies, the main objective during this weekend project will be to clear bracken at Loch Kernsary. Another task will be to continue with the shelterbelt project, helping to create a resilient woodland to protect the garden from the elements. Work may change depending on the weather and work priorities at the time.

Greenbank

Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August

Time: Departs at 9.00

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12+

Greenbank Garden is a surprising oasis of tranquillity and beauty set less than a mile from Glasgow’s bustling Southside suburbs.  Come along for this two day project and help to improve the path network for visitors.

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Check with your Conservation Volunteer Leader beforehand.

Dollar Glen

Dates: Saturday 8 September

Time: Departs at 9.00

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Set at the foot of the Ochil Hills, this beautiful glen has many surprises; deep gorges, rushing burns, towering trees, a ruined castle and some rare wildlife.  Join our local Ranger as he begins a grant funded project to maintain and upgrade the path network.

Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Check with your Conservation Volunteer Leader beforehand.

Geilston Garden

Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September

Time: 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

On the banks of the River Clyde, Geilston is celebrated for its landscaping which harmonises nature and cultivation. Working with the Head Gardener you will be removing invasive species, cultivating the borders to reduce the use of pesticides, and carrying out conservation management work on the wildflower grassland.  There may also be some picking and preparation of produce from the kitchen garden for selling. 

Ben Lomond

Dates: Friday 5 - Sunday 7 October

Time: Departs at 18.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular summits, attracting over 35,000 walkers every year.  The plan for this project is to collect seed from trees in Coire Corrach on the west side of the Ptarmigan ridge.  This will involve some hillwalking on steep ground, but there will also be lower level work to prepare the tree nursery area.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Ben Lomond Bunkhouse, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Falkland Palace

Dates: Saturday 27 October

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Low level/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12+

Inspired by the grand châteaux of France, James IV and his son, James V, transformed the palace into one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. During this one day project you will be assisting property staff and volunteers as they prepare spooky activities to entertain the visiting little ghouls and ghosties.

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018 

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this two day project the Head Gardener is looking for assistance to re-instate plants and restore areas of the garden damaged by the construction of the box.  There will also be some garden tidying and general maintenance in preparation for winter.

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