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

Newhailes

Dates: Saturday 8 December 2018 and Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

In December you’ll be helping to tidy up an overgrown area of Newhailes Estate which backs onto, and is causing problems for, a local housing estate. During your second visit in February you’ll be involved in litter picking and clearing back areas of scrub in the woodland.

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Monday 10 December 2018

Time: 7.30pm

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

The guest speaker will be Rowan Doff (Conservation Officer at the Nevis Landscape Partnership). 

Talk: Partnership Working in Action & Norway as a Blueprint for Wilder Scotland

Falkland Palace

Dates: Saturday 12 January 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 the gardeners to maintain the wildlife habitat by carrying out some willow pruning in the orchard.

Edinburgh Tool Store Workshop

Date: Sunday 13 January 2019

Time: Meet at 12 noon

Work grading: Low level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Join Trust staff for this tool care and maintenance workshop at Charlotte Square. We’ll run through everything you need to know about keeping tools in good order and prolonging their working life. If there’s time, we’ll also give demonstrations on using tools you might be less familiar with.

Ben Lomond

Dates: Friday 25–Sunday 27 January 2019

Time: Depart at 6.30pm

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. 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. Consequently, in some locations control is required to limit its dominance.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Ben Lomond Bunkhouse (beds and showers).

Harmony & Priorwood

Date: Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Gardening staff need your support with restoring the woodland garden area by introducing a number of plants and shrubs, which will help to create an environment for birds and other wildlife to thrive. If there’s time you’ll also be involved in reconfiguring the patio around the dried flower garden. This will make better use of the space available and allow for efficient planting of annuals.

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Monday 11 February 2019

Time: 7.30pm

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

The guest speaker will be Philip Munro (Community Outreach Officer).

Talk: South of Scotland Eagle Project

Malleny

Date: Saturday 9 March 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

Renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, Malleny Garden is a perfect place for quiet contemplation in beautiful surroundings. During this one-day project you will be helping Gardener James with some woodland clearance. This will make the woodland a more accessible and inviting place for visitors to enjoy the spring bulb displays.

Brodick Country Park & Goatfell

Date: Friday 22–Sunday 24 March 2019

Time: Depart at 2.30pm

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 14

Set sail to the beautiful Isle of Arran! Come along for the weekend and help the Arran Ranger Service with fencing duties in the Country Park.

Glen Nevis

Date: Friday 29–Sunday 31 March 2019

Time: Depart at 4pm

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

During this weekend project you’ll be planting trees alongside staff from the Nevis Landscape Partnership. The work contributes to the Future Forests Native Woodland expansion project in Glen Nevis.

Accommodation will be provided at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel (beds and showers).

Meet-up/Social

Dates: Monday 8 April

Time: 7.30pm

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

The guest speaker will be Kate Sampson (Senior Ranger with the National Trust for Scotland Arran Ranger Service).

Talk: The Glen Rosa Project

Alloa Tower

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2019

Time: Depart at 9am (each day)

Work grading: Low/Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Litter picking will feature at this Clackmannanshire property, which will improve the visual impact as well as helping to protect our precious wildlife. Other tasks might include removing dead shrubs and overhanging branches.

House of the Binns

Date: Saturday 27 April 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 Landscapes Manager, needs your help with clearing an old abandoned garden.

Dollar Glen

Date: Saturday 11 May 2019

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

This stretch of woodland lies east of Stirling and is ensconced in the shadow of the Ochil Hills. There’s a wealth of rare wildlife habitats here. The local ranger needs your help with upgrading the path network to improve access for visitors. 

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

Killiecrankie

Date: Saturday 25 May 2019

Time: Depart at 8.30am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 10

The views at Killiecrankie are spectacular – the perfect place to pause and contemplate nature. However, you’ll be busy helping the rangers with invasive species removal to allow for regeneration of oak. If there’s time, you’ll also be involved in the charcoal making project.

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