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’d 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’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

Castle Fraser

Date: Saturday 8 December 2018

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Come along for the day and help the rangers to cut back scrub in the marsh area around the Flight Pond. This work is part of an SNH grant programme for dragonfly management. You’ll also be cutting back sycamore and red elder to allow other trees to flourish, as well as removing empty tree tubes.

Crathes Castle

Date: Saturday 12 January 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

The fight against Rhododendron ponticum continues. You’ll be helping the rangers to remove this invasive species and there’ll also be a bonfire or two to keep you warm!

Drum Castle 

Date: Saturday 26 January 2019 

Time: Meet at 9.30am 

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks 

In preparation for a horse and sledge to access the Old Wood area safely, you’ll be helping to clear brash, logs and other debris.

Leith Hall

Date: Saturday 9 February 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Learn about halo thinning and winter tree identification in a young birch woodland. You’ll be cutting down small trees to open up the woods and we’ll also get a fire going to keep us warm!

Pitmedden Garden

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

The picnic area will need a tidy-up before the start of the season. You’ll also be opening up the petanque pitch to make it more inviting to use.

Crathes Castle

Date: Saturday 16 March 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

During this one-day project you’ll be working alongside the rangers to help with a rolling programme of footpath repairs on the waymarked trails. 

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

Fyvie Castle

Date: Saturday 30 March 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Fyvie is a magnificent fortress in the heart of Aberdeenshire and a sterling example of Scottish Baronial architecture. You’ll assist the gardeners in removing trees by the lochside to open up some vistas along the waymarked trail.

Leith Hall

Date: Saturday 13 April 2019

Time: Meeting at Leith Hall at 9.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

You’ll be working with the rangers to tidy up the pond area after the winter. If there’s time you might also be involved in path resurfacing and pond maintenance.

Craigievar Castle

Date: Sunday 28 April 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

You’ll be undertaking some footpath repairs on the woodland trail and other maintenance tasks across the estate.

Crathes Castle

Date: Saturday 11 May 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Low level/Medium physical tasks

Your help is needed with tidying up the footpaths, carrying out pond maintenance, as well as looking after the borders in the Wildlife Garden. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Drum Castle

Date: Saturday 25 May 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Come along for the day and assist the gardeners with tidying up the woodlands around the south lawn, as well as cutting back vegetation on some of the smaller trails around the estate.

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