Lothian Conservation Volunteer Group

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

Planning meetings

Bi-monthly planning meetings 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 is 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 would 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 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 is 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 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

Newhailes

Dates: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

A new community garden is being set up at Newhailes and your help in getting this exciting project off the ground would be greatly appreciated! 

Fix the Fells

Dates: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June 2018

Time: Depart at 18.00

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Fix the Fells is a partnership programme led by the National Trust in the Lake District.  Its aim is to protect the spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion by maintaining and repairing the upland paths.  During this weekend project you will be working on Martcrag Moor, above the Langdale Valley, building a path on sheep fleece across a peat bog.  There will also be some landscaping and route definition, along with topping up of a previously built path. You’ll also enjoy a BBQ on Saturday night!  You will need to be hillwalking fit for this project and have previous experience in upland footpath work.  

Steel toe capped boots required.  

Accommodation is provided for this project at High Wray Basecamp, Ambleside, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Crarae

Date: Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Time: Depart at 18.00

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

The 50 acre Forest Garden at Crarae is currently closed to the public due to poor access.  With your help we’d like to once again open up this hidden gem for all to see.  Path restoration and shrubbery clearance will feature during this weekend project.  

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

Accommodation for this project is still be to confirmed.

St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

Dates: Saturday 14 July 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve is a favourite destination for our Lothian Group.  

During this one day project you will be helping to remove invasive creeping thistle from species rich grassland using dashel bashers, whilst soaking up some spectacular cliff-top scenery.  

Bannockburn

Date: Sunday 15 July 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Come along for the day and help with scrub clearance and weed removal in the meadow area at this famous battlefield.

Ben Lomond

Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2018

Time: Depart at 8.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

Rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond to a height of 974m (3,193ft), Ben Lomond offers exhilarating walking and spectacular views across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  If you haven’t been involved in replacing stock fencing before, why not come along to this training event to learn something new or refresh your skills.  

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

Accommodation is provided for this project at Ben Lomond Bunkhouse, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Malleny

Date: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, Malleny Garden is a perfect place for quiet contemplation in beautiful surroundings.  However, you’ll be very busy in the woodland garden re-building steps, paths and basic sleeper bridges during this two day project.  If there’s time, you’ll also be involved with clearing shrubs.

Ben Lawers

Date: Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August 2018

Time: Depart at 18.30

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Ben Lawers is one of Scotland’s highest Munros.  All-important path work will be on the agenda during this weekend project. 

Steel toe capped boots required. 

Accommodation is provided for this project at Lynedoch in Killin, which is heated and has hot water but limited space.

Greenbank Garden

Date: Saturday 8 September 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Greenbank Garden is less than a mile from Glasgow’s busy Southside but the natural surroundings are as refreshing as an oasis.  The focus of the work will be to dig out bark chippings on the woodland path and relay with alternative material.  This will improve access and create a safer environment for visitors.  

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

House of the Binns

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Low/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.  You will be spending the day planting wildflower plugs at the front of the house in memory of the late Tam Dalyell. 

Balmacara

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 7 October 2018

Time: Depart at 18.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Beautiful Balmacara!  Help our Rangers with some footpath maintenance and vegetation management at different sites across the Estate.  You could experience a variety of habitats including crofting land and coastline, the local woodlands and the open moorland.

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

Accommodation is provided for this project at Kintail Outdoor Centre, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

Harmony & Priorwood

Date: Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Gardening staff need your help with harvesting the apples in the Orchard.  There will also be a chance to cut back some of the herbaceous borders and longer areas of grass in preparation for the coming winter.

Inveresk Garden

Date: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Come along and help staff rediscover a hidden corner of Inveresk Garden by finding the old path that led to a quiet seated area which has been lost under a sea of ivy for 30 years.  As part of this exercise there will also be some steps to build.

Brodick Country Park & Goatfell

Date: Friday 16 - Sunday 18 November 2018

Time: Depart at 14.30

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 14

Set sail to the beautiful Isle of Arran!  Tasks might include upland tree planting on the wider estate, as well as rhodie bashing in the Country Park.  Hill work requires a good level of fitness.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Shore Lodge, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018

Time: Depart at 9.00

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

St Abb’s Head Nature Reserve is a favourite destination for our Lothian Group.  

Another threat to the species rich grassland is gorse.  Your help with its removal to keep it at bay would be marvellous.  There will also be a bonfire or two, weather permitting!

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