Highland Conservation Volunteer Group

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

How to join a project

If you’d like to participate in any of the following projects, please register first and then email the Conservation Volunteer co-ordinator at conservationvolunteers@nts.org.uk. Places will generally be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can book places on projects from the first day of the preceding month.

The minibus pick-up point will be outside the VUE Cinema, Inverness Retail Park, Eastfield Way, Inverness IV2 7GD. 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

Brodie

Dates: Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 2018

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 14

Come along for the weekend and help Edward, the new Head Gardener, to erect some livestock fencing. If there’s time, you could also be involved in cutting and clearing invasive Rhododendron ponticum. As a treat you’ll be staying overnight in the castle and will enjoy a festive evening meal to celebrate the end of another great year for Highland CV Group. 

Accommodation will be in The Laird’s Wing (beds and showers).

Balmacara

Dates: Saturday 19 January 2019

Time: Depart at 8.30am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Beautiful Balmacara! Come along and help our rangers with some footpath maintenance and vegetation management at different sites across the estate. You could experience a variety of habitats including croftland and coastline, woodlands and open moorland. 

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

Tool store maintenance workshop

Dates: Saturday 26 January 2019

Time: 9.30am–12 noon at Culloden Tool Store

Work grading: Low-level work, not too physical 

Number of spaces: 4

CV Leader Ian Williams needs your help to get the Culloden tool store in good shape for the year ahead.

Brodie

Date: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During your second visit to this lovely property you’ll help to remove non-native spruce trees, which will allow broadleaf trees to flourish. Some tree guards also need to be removed – always a very satisfying task.

Kintail

Date: Friday 1–Sunday 3 March 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this weekend project you’ll help to repair stone dykes dating back to the early 19th century, which are still important for crofting today. If you haven’t done this before, there’ll be plenty of experienced volunteers on hand to guide you. 

Steel toe capped boots are required.

Accommodation is provided for this project at the Kintail Outdoor Centre (beds and showers).


Balmacara

Date: Friday 15–Sunday 17 March 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Beautiful Balmacara! Come along and help our rangers with some footpath maintenance and vegetation management at different sites across the estate. You could experience a variety of habitats including croftland, coastline, woodlands and open moorland. 

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

Accommodation is provided for this project at the Kintail Outdoor Centre (beds and showers).

Glencoe

Date: Friday 5–Sunday 7 April 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Low-level work, not too physical 

Number of spaces: 8

Fancy spending the weekend in Glencoe with our friends from the Glasgow CVs? Sadly, this magnificent stretch of land isn’t always given the respect it deserves. National Trust for Scotland staff and members of the local community need your help to clear litter alongside the A82. There’ll be a BBQ on Saturday evening.

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

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Date: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May

Time: Depart 9am (each day)

Work grading: Low level work, not too physical/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Fossil hunter, folklorist, stonemason, geologist, newspaper editor and social justice campaigner – Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. Come along and spend some time at this fascinating property where you’ll be helping with general garden maintenance.

Inverewe

Date: Friday 24–Sunday 26 May 2019

Time: Depart at 6pm

Work grading: Low-level work, not too physical/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Inverewe is one of the most popular garden attractions in Scotland, with its secluded spot on the shores of Loch Ewe. During this weekend project you’ll be involved in footpath maintenance and woodland management on the wider estate.

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

Accommodation will be provided at Poolewe Village Hall (indoor camping with showers).

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