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’ve 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

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 1 June 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

The area around Leith Hall is known for wildcats. During this one-day project you’ll use your drystone dyking skills to create artificial wildcat dens to help protect these endangered animals. There will also be an opportunity to cut back gorse and clear drainage ditches. Steel toe capped boots are required.

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 15 June 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

The garden pond has a good population of newts. Your assistance with carrying out some important pond maintenance to help conserve the habitat would be greatly appreciated. Other gardening tasks may also feature.

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate  

Date: Saturday 29 June 2019 

Time: Meet at 9.30am 

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks 

We’re trialling different methods for suppressing bracken in the Old Wood of Drum to aid the regeneration of the woodland, including the use of a horse and bracken bruiser. This is the first of two projects this summer using bracken boards and other methods.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 13 July 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level/Demanding physical tasks

Come along for the day and help the rangers with some footpath repairs on the wider estate. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 27 July 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

We’re trialling different methods for suppressing bracken in the Old Wood of Drum to aid the regeneration of the woodland, including the use of a horse and bracken bruiser. This is the second of two projects this summer using bracken boards and other methods.

Pitmedden Garden

Dates: Saturday 24 August 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am 

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

This is a two-day project with the gardeners to assist with clearing gullies and streams to help drainage. There’ll also be some car park and picnic area tasks. Details TBC nearer the time.

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

Date: Sunday 25 August 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

The Flight Pond is a nationally recognised site for damselflies and dragonflies. This annual project to cut rushes by the pond helps to improve the habitat for these amazing insects.

Fyvie Castle, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

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

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 21 September 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

During this one-day project you’ll be helping the gardeners with farmland trail maintenance.

Inverewe Garden & Estate

Date: Friday 11–Sunday 13 October 2019

Time: TBC

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

During this weekend project you’ll be working with the forester to improve an area of birch woodland, including rhododendron control, and converting it into a saleable product with a charcoal burn. In the evening there may be an opportunity to continue with an owl survey to help identify how they’re using the landscape.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Near the Ley Pond there’s a natural area of heather and Scots pine developing. We’d like to give it a helping hand by removing some of the spruce regeneration that could easily take over.

Haddo House

Dates: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am (each day)

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Put your drystone dyking skills to good use by helping to repair a retaining wall in Haddo House Garden. Steel toe capped boots are required.

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Date: Saturday 16 November 2019

Time: Meet at 9.30am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

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

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.