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 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.



Dates: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 March 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Kintail is a wonderland of rugged beauty. Our ranger, Rule Anderson, needs your help with planting broadleaf trees. This work is part of a wider project to increase native woodland across Kintail & West Affric, benefiting wildlife and the landscape.

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

Ben Lawers

Dates: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 8

Ben Lawers is one of Scotland’s highest Munros. Work duties will be tree-related and are likely to include transplanting regenerated species, planting willow cuttings, putting on vole guards and applying fertiliser.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Lynedoch in Killin, which is heated and has hot water, showers and beds.

The Pineapple

Date: Saturday 14 April 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Work at this intriguing folly, built by the Earl of Dunmore, will focus on controlling the problematic invasive Rhododendron ponticum. Although the flowers are attractive, it has few other attributes that offset the negative impact it can have on the site it invades. You will also be making a bonfire or two.


Dates: Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April 2018

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

Inverewe is one of the most popular garden attractions in Scotland, with a secluded spot on the shores of Loch Ewe. During this weekend project you will be carrying out maintenance on a footpath which leads to the resident seal colony. Steel toe-capped boots may be required; please check with the project leader beforehand.

Accommodation is provided for this project at Poolewe Village Hall, where there are no beds but there are shower facilities.

Falkland Palace

Date: Saturday 12 May 2018

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Number of spaces: 12

NTS gardeners need your help to keep this beautiful palace garden in good shape for visitors.