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, you can do so on the Glasgow Conservation Volunteer Group website and 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

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.


Crarae Garden

Dates: Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Set in the gentle hills of Argyll, Crarae surprises with an exotic splash of wilderness from far away China, Nepal and Tibet. The sparkling waters of the Crarae Burn form the centrepiece for a woody paradise of rocky gorges, wooden bridges and thickets of maple, birch and evergreens. The work is likely to be varied as the team prepare the garden for the coming season.

The accommodation for this project is still to be confirmed.

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

The Hill House is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The objective this weekend is to control invasive plants such as bramble to maintain the appearance of the formal garden areas. Other work is likely to include gravelling, timber edging replacement and general tidying.

There is no accommodation provided for this project.

Brodick Castle

Dates: Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 14

A weekend on Arran working within Brodick Country Park or on rugged Goat Fell is always popular. As usual, the work will depend on the weather, but on the to-do list is rhoddie bashing, path maintenance, and the removal of conifers on Maol Donn. Hill work requires a good level of fitness. Steel toe-capped boots may be required; please check with the project leader beforehand.

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


Dates: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 9

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.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Poolewe Village Hall, where there are no beds but there are shower facilities.

The Pineapple

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Work at this intriguing folly, built by the Earl of Dunmore, is likely to focus on controlling the problematic invasive Rhododendron ponticum. Although the flowers are attractive, it has few other attributes that offset the negative impact it can have on the site it invades.