Lothian Conservation Volunteer Group

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

Meet-up/Social

Meet-ups are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace (off Victoria Street), Edinburgh EH1 2JL. You can hear about previous projects and sign up for forthcoming ones, and there’s usually a guest speaker. In addition, you can find out about social events arranged by the group and you’ll have an opportunity to chat with fellow volunteers and the committee after the meeting.

How to join a project

If you’d like to participate in any project with the Lothian Conservation Volunteer Group, please register first and then email ntslothiancvs@gmail.com with the name of the project and date in the subject line, or you can sign up at planning meetings. 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 at the tool store behind 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. It’s accessed via the driveways on St Colme Street. 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

Inverewe

Dates: Friday 7–Sunday 9 June 2019

Time: Depart at 4.30pm

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this weekend project you could be involved in a variety of tasks, which might include removal of non-native species in a birch wood, charcoal making and bat surveys.

St Abb’s Head

Dates: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

You’ll be helping to protect species-rich grasslands by removing invasive bracken.

Harmony and Priorwood Gardens

Date: Saturday 6 July 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Gardening staff need your support with restoring the woodland garden area by clearing undergrowth and planting new shrubs, which will help to create an environment for birds and other wildlife to thrive.  

St Abb’s Head

Date: Sunday 7 July 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

You’ll be helping to protect species-rich grasslands by removing invasive creeping thistle.

Meet-up/social

Date: Monday 8 July 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Speaker: Liza Cole, Property Manager/Senior Ranger Naturalist

Talk: Saints and Seabirds: looking after St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve’

Newhailes

Dates: Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

These day projects will involve scrub clearance in the grounds of this splendid Palladian house.

Malleny Garden

Dates: Saturday 3 August 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

During this one-day project you’ll be helping Gardener James with some woodland clearance. This will make the woodland a more accessible and inviting place for visitors.

Threave Garden & Estate

Dates: Friday 16–Sunday 18 August 2019

Time: Depart at 4.30pm

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks and may involve long walks to the worksite.

Number of spaces: 10

Come along for the weekend and help to maintain the network of paths on the wider estate at this beautiful Dumfries & Galloway property. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Check with your CV Leader beforehand.

House of the Binns

Date: Saturday 31 August 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyells for 400 years.  Colin Wren, Gardens & Designed Landscaped Manager, needs your help with clearing an old abandoned garden.

Alloa Tower

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Litter picking will feature at this Clackmannanshire property in order to help to protect our precious wildlife and improve the visual impact. Other tasks might include removing dead shrubs and overhanging branches.

Harmony and Priorwood Gardens

Dates: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Your second visit will be spent in the orchard harvesting the apples. This will help the property to raise vital funds at the annual Apple Day by maximising the highest yield possible.

Newhailes

Dates: Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

These day projects will involve scrub clearance in the grounds of this splendid Palladian house.

Meet-up/social

Date: Monday 14 October 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Speaker: Richard Clarkson, Property Manager/Senior Ranger Naturalist

Talk: Ravens’

Ben Lomond

Dates: Friday 1–Sunday 3 November 2019

Time: Depart at 4.30pm

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

During this weekend project you’ll be clearing gorse behind Blairvockie Farm.  Gorse, also known as whin in Scotland, is an abundant and fast-growing plant that can rapidly form impenetrable thickets. In some locations, control is required to limit its dominance.

Falkland Palace & Garden

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Falkland is one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. Come along for the day and help prepare the garden for winter as part of an ongoing renovation project.

Inveresk Lodge Garden

Date: Saturday 23 November 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this one-day project, work might include removing elderberry seedlings and epicormic growth from lime trees, as well as clearing ivy from a boundary wall and an old path. 

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.