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 and 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 and 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

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Time: 7.30pm

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

Guest speaker: Philip Munro, SSGEP Community Outreach Officer

Talk: ‘South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project’

North Perthshire – Dunkeld

Dates: Saturday 8 June 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

During this weekend project you’ll be building a new wood store, picnic bench and possibly a compost heap. There may also be some general maintenance work at Stanley Hill.

Culzean

Dates: Saturday 15 June 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Culzean Country Park makes a welcome return to the Glasgow CV programme - you’ll be visiting three times this season! This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. On this visit, hand rail installation and boardwalk repair will feature.  

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

During this two-day project you’ll be helping to restore the garden following the construction of the Hill House Box. Tasks will involve removing spoil and leftover material from the site.

Holmwood

Dates: Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 July 2019

Time: Departs at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Located in the Southside of the city, Holmwood is masterfully designed but surprisingly cosy. There’s ongoing conservation work in progress; as part of wider enhancements, you’ll be focusing on improving the appearance of the car park area.

Culzean

Date: Saturday 27 July 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Culzean Country Park makes a welcome return to the Glasgow CV programme - you’ll be visiting three times this season! For this second visit, if you’re a dab hand at joinery work this could be the project for you. Work will include building an interpretive shelter and seating.  

Ben Lomond

Dates: Friday 16–Sunday 18 August 2019

Time: Departs at 6.30pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

During this weekend project you’ll be replacing corrugated roofing sheets on the old kennels/tool shed, together with general improvement work around the building. The work will help protect and maintain the functionality of this old building - the only one on the map of Ardess in the 1860s.

Geilston Garden

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Tasks will likely include path renovation and border cultivation. There may also be an opportunity to pick produce from the Kitchen Garden, which will generate income for the property and help finance future conservation projects.

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Tuesday 3 September 2019

Time: 7.30pm

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

Guest speaker: Richard Clarkson, Grey Mare’s Tail Property Manager

Talk: ‘Ravens’

Ben Lawers

Dates: Friday 6–Sunday 8 September 2019  

Time: Departs at 6.30pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

At 1,214m, Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the central Highlands and gives its name to the internationally important nature reserve.  During this weekend project, you’ll be helping to pile and burn recently felled brash.

Brodick

Dates: Friday 20–Sunday 22 September 2019  

Time: Meet at Ardossan for 6pm ferry

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 14

Brodick has everything - dramatic mountains, gardens, woodlands, waterfalls and a castle packed with treasures. Work will be confirmed nearer the time but could include footpath maintenance, fencing and Rhodie bashing.

The Hill House

Dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019

Time: Departs at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

The Hill House is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest creation. The task for this two-day project is focused on the conservation of native plant populations.

Culzean

Dates: Saturday 26 October 2019

Time: Departs at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

On the third visit to Culzean Country Park this season, you’ll be helping the ranger team with their campaign to eradicate Rhododendron ponticum from the park.

Kittochside

Dates: Saturday 9 November 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 ...

Conservation Volunteer Christmas Ceilidh

Date: Saturday 30 November 2019

Time: 8pm

Venue: Ballinluig Village Hall, Perthshire 

Number of spaces: the more, the merrier!

This is always a great night! Mulled wine and nibbles will be available on arrival and a two-course meal will be served at 9pm. Tickets are priced at £14 and partygoers will be able to stay overnight in the village hall at no extra cost - a simple breakfast will be provided. Tickets can be purchased from the Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinator, Julie Bond. Do remember to bring along a small raffle prize and your own special beverage! Transport available.

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Find out about projects taking place between June and November 2019.