Glasgow Conservation Volunteer Group

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

Meet-up/Social

The group meet quarterly (March, June, September & December) on the first Tuesday of those months. These meetings are held at the Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent G2 4PS. During these meetings recent & future projects will be discussed and you’ll have the opportunity to book a place on projects. Trust staff regularly attend, and slideshows are occasionally given. A pre-meeting meal is usually held in a nearby pub; email Colin Speirs for more details on ntsglasgowcvs@gmail.com.

How to join a project

Once registered, if you’d like to participate in any of the following projects email ntsglasgowcvs@gmail.com with the name of the project and date in the subject line, or you can sign up at meet-ups. Your name will be added to the project list and the project leader will contact you at least one week prior to the start date to confirm if you have a place. 

The meeting place for projects is the bus stop at 24-28 Bothwell Street, Glasgow (just around the corner from Central Station). If you choose to make your own way to the project, it’s important to let the project leader know. If you find that you’re 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 Lomond

Dates: Friday 30 November–Sunday 2 December 2018

Time: Departs at 6.30pm

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

During this weekend project you’ll be helping to clear some gorse behind Blairvockie Farm. Gorse, also known as whin in Scotland, is an abundant and fast-growing plant that can rapidly form impenetrable thickets. In some locations control is required to limit its dominance.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Ben Lomond Bunkhouse (beds and showers).

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Tuesday 4 December 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent G2 4PS

The guest speaker will be Simon Jones, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager.

Talk: From Pandas to Phytophthora ... an unexpected horticultural journey

Culross

Dates: Saturday 15 December 2018

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 6

Culross is a jewel of a village, a living museum of 17th-century port life. White-harled houses line steep cobbled streets from the market cross to the hilltop abbey. During this one-day project you’ll be helping Gardener Louise with some pruning. The holly and hawthorn hedges act as secure nesting sites so need to be kept in shape.

Tool store maintenance workshop

Dates: Saturday 12 January 2019

Time: 10am–3pm at Pollok House

Work grading: Low level work, not too physical

Number of spaces: 8

Join Trust staff for this tool care and maintenance workshop at Pollok House. We’ll run through everything you need to know about keeping tools in good order and prolonging their working life. If there’s time, we’ll also give demonstrations on using tools you might be less familiar with.

Brodick Castle

Dates: Friday 18–Sunday 20 January 2019

Time: Meet at Ardrossan for the 18:00 ferry

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Restoration of the Glen Rosa woodland is an exciting project that CVs can get involved with this winter. Head Ranger Kate says: ‘We’re trying to restore some of the habitats that have been degraded through overgrazing in the past, and we’re going to put a huge fence right across the glen and restore the woodland’. As well as fencing, you could also be involved in that old favourite, rhoddie-bashing. 

Accommodation is provided for this project at Shore Lodge (beds and showers).

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

Kittochside

Dates: Saturday 2 February 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12+

Glasgow CVs have been working hard over many years to hold back the spread of gorse and conserve this important wildflower meadow. The work continues ...

Black Hill Viewpoint

Dates: Saturday 9 February 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10–12

Black Hill has a rich archaeological history and it’s a splendid place to enjoy views of the Clyde Valley. In order to protect archaeological treasures, this is another site where we need to control that most tenacious of re-generators: gorse.

Glen Nevis

Dates: Friday 22–Sunday 24 February 2019

Time: Departs at 4pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Working with Nevis Landscape Partnership staff, you’ll be carrying out low-level footpath work. The work contributes to the Future Forests Native Woodland expansion project in Glen Nevis, and maintaining a network of paths helps to promote public access. 

Accommodation will be provided at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel (beds and showers).

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

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Tuesday 5 March

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent G2 4PS

The guest speaker will be Jonathan Grant, National Trust for Scotland ranger.

Talk: Mingulay, Pabbay and Berneray

Geilston Garden

Dates: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Working with the Head Gardener you’ll be removing invasive non-native species in the woodland garden to allow for new planting. You might also get involved in resurfacing, to reduce the use of herbicides. General garden work such as pruning, border preparation, planting and mulching to conserve, enhance and rejuvenate the designed landscape may also feature. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Ben Lawers

Dates: Friday 22–Sunday 24 March 2019 

Time: Departs at 6.30pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Ben Lawers is a hotspot for nature enthusiasts. It’s renowned for its flora, which includes many rare and endangered arctic-alpine species. The property has also been at the forefront of montane woodland restoration work. During this project you’ll be helping the ranger team as they take their next batch of willow cuttings. 

If there’s bad weather in late March, the task may change and be more demanding. Check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Lynedoch in Killin (beds and showers).

Glencoe

Dates: Friday 5–Sunday 7 April 2019  

Time: Departs at 6.30pm

Work grading: Low level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Sadly, this magnificent glen isn’t always given the respect it deserves and the roadside areas can become spoilt by litter, which also harms local wildlife. Join National Trust for Scotland staff and members of the local community on this large-scale litter pick to help clean up Glencoe! On Saturday evening your efforts will be rewarded with a BBQ.

Accommodation will be provided at the Alpine Bunkhouse, Glencoe Independent Hostel (beds and showers).

This is a joint project with Highland CV Group.

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019

Time: Departs at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

Work will include tidying and restoring the garden and car park areas that have been affected by the Hill House Box project. Environmentally, there’ll be the removal of any debris left behind from the build. There’ll also be some general gardening work, perhaps including replanting and preparation of areas to be redeveloped.

Newhailes

Dates: Saturday 11 May 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

A community garden is being set up at Newhailes and your help in getting this exciting project off the ground would be greatly appreciated.

Inveresk Garden

Dates: Saturday 25 May 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Tall trees, fragrant flowers, ponds, wildlife galore – these walled grounds tucked away in the charming village of Inveresk have all the ingredients for garden paradise. During this one-day project, work might include removing elderberry seedlings and epicormic growth from lime trees, as well as clearing ivy from a boundary wall and an old path.

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Find out about projects taking place between November 2018 and May 2019