Grampian Conservation Volunteer Group

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

Presentations

Presentations are held in the Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ. They begin at 7.30pm and provide an opportunity for new members to meet the group and discuss upcoming projects. Free parking is available in the evening at the Zoology Building car park on Tillydrone Avenue.

How to join a project

If you would like to participate in a project with the Grampian Conservation Volunteer Group, please register first and then contact Kenny Bain at ntsgrampiancvs@gmail.com. New volunteers must be registered prior to attending a project.

For day projects you should make your own way to the project, unless you have arranged transport with the project leader in advance. Normally the group meet at the car park of the Trust property where the project is taking place.

For weekend projects, the meeting place is Morrisons, King Street, Aberdeen, where lifts will be available in cars or a minibus. 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

Castle Fraser

Date: Sunday 3 June 2018

Time: Meeting at Castle Fraser at 9.30

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Come along for the day and help carry out essential footpath repairs on the wider estate to keep the routes in good shape for our visitors.  

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


Date: Saturday 4 August 2018

Time: Meeting at Castle Fraser at 9.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

To help enhance the visitor experience we will be improving the lighting on the way up to the Castle.  To kick-start this project we’d like your help with the groundworks for the lights.


Date: Sunday 26 August 2018

Time: Meeting at Castle Fraser at 9.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Your help is required to cut rushes & scrub on the marsh behind the Flight pond.  This work will prevent the marsh from drying out, keeping it wet and boggy for our dragonflies and damselflies. 

Mar Lodge

Date: Friday 8 - Sunday 10 June 2018

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Mar Lodge is a favourite destination for our Grampian CVs.  During this weekend project you’ll be creating species rich habitat.  This will involve ring barking to create standing dead wood in the plantations.  Other work duties will be confirmed nearer the time.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Mar Lodge Basecamp.

Pitmedden Garden

Date: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2018

Time: Meeting at Pitmedden Garden at 9.30

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Brilliant design and meticulous upkeep give Pitmedden Garden its unique charm.  Footpath maintenance will feature during this one day project.  

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

Leith Hall

Date: Saturday 7 July 2018

Time: Meeting at Leith Hall at 9.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

You will be working with the Ranger service to help maintain the trails by cutting back gorse.  You will also be heading to a more remote part of the estate to remove tree tubes, as well as carrying out some woodland maintenance.


Date: Saturday 8 September 2018

Time: Meeting at Leith Hall at 9.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

We love our wildflower meadows at Leith Hall!  Using the traditional scything method, you’ll be cutting the meadows and raking off the grass to improve wildflower diversity.  Other duties will also feature and will be confirmed nearer the time.


Date: Saturday 27 October 2018

Time: Meeting at Leith Hall at 9.30

Work grading: Medium physical tasks

An important task in the gardens each year is to disinfect the greenhouses and manure the vegetable beds.  It’s a daunting task for a small team of gardeners, so your help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Crathes Castle

Date: Saturday 21 July 2018

Time: Meeting at Crathes Castle at 9.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Come along for the day to help us build a wildlife hide and new trail leading up to it.  This has been made possible by funding received from the players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery.


Date: Saturday 10 November 2018 and 24 November 2018

Time: Meeting at Crathes Castle at 9.30

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Both projects are likely to involve footpath maintenance, but this will be confirmed nearer the time.  Steel toe capped boots may be required.  Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Fyvie Castle

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018

Time: Meeting at Fyvie Castle at 9.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Fyvie is a magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire and a sterling example of Scottish Baronial architecture.  You will be assisting the Gardeners to help clear Rhododendron ponticum from alongside the driveway leading up to the castle.

Drum Castle

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: Meeting at Drum Castle at 9.30

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Work started at the beginning of the year to clear a patch of Rhododendron ponticum on the edge of the estate.  During this one day project you will be burning the material left behind and continue with cutting back.

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Find out about projects taking place between June and November 2018.