Tayside Conservation Volunteer Group

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

Meet-up/social

Most meet-ups for weekend projects and social events are discussed and arranged at meetings held on working days. Additional meetings and the Annual General Meeting are held when necessary on a Monday evening at 7.30pm, in Dundee or Perth.

How to join a project

If you’d like to go on any of the projects listed below, please register first and then contact the nominated leader directly. If there is no leader yet appointed for a particular task, please give your name to Robert Dey who can be contacted on 07875 879354. Volunteers must sign up for a project by the Sunday preceding the weekend on which the project is due to take place. If there are insufficient numbers to make a project viable, volunteers will be notified of the cancellation at the start of the week.

Please let the project leader know if you require a lift or if you will make your own way to the project.

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

Falkland Palace & Garden

Date: Saturday 8 June 2019

Project leader: Roy Cooper (07852 122014)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Falkland is one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. For this one-day project the main task will be clearing ivy and brambles from the woodland area, which will help provide access for tree work/inspections.

Threave Garden & Estate

Date: Friday 21–Sunday 23 June 2019

Project leader: Fiona Paterson (07931 870474)

Time: Departure time TBC

Work grading: Demanding tasks

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

Branklyn Garden

Date: Saturday 6 July 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

This attractive garden is a peaceful haven within walking distance of Perth city centre, bursting with rare and unusual plants and flowers. Gardener Jim could do with a hand to scythe the meadow to encourage native wildflowers that help protect biodiversity.

Linn of Tummel

Date: Saturday 20 July 2019

Project leader: Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

The Linn of Tummel is a picturesque and peaceful place, bursting with wildlife and stunning views. Join Ranger Emma to help repair revetments along the riverside path, build new small boardwalks and lay down netting. If there’s time, removal of Rhododendron ponticum might also be on the agenda. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Check with your CV Leader beforehand.

Falkland Palace & Garden

Date: Saturday 17 August 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium physical tasks

Clearing cut grass from the wildflower meadow will be on the agenda.  This work will help to maintain the meadow’s vitality.

Barry Mill

Date: Saturday 24 August 2019 

Project leader: Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Barry Mill takes you right back to the heart of 19th-century rural Scottish life. Now a haven of tranquillity, this water-powered mill was once the hub of its community, producing oatmeal and animal feed, as well as providing work for locals. Work tasks will be confirmed nearer the time, but might include building dead hedges, forest clearance and footpath maintenance. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.  

House of the Binns

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

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. Come along for the day and help Ranger Laura with some brash removal.

Culross

Date: Saturday 28 September 2019

Project leader: Fiona Paterson (07931 870474) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Culross is acknowledged as one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland - often used as a film and television location. During this one-day project you’ll be helping Gardener Louise with hedge border maintenance. Maximum of 8 volunteers required.

Dollar Glen

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019

Project leader: Moira Coull (07982 821528)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Demanding physical tasks

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.

The Pineapple

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019

Project leader: Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium level physical tasks

Step back to 1761, a time when pineapples were among the most exotic foods imaginable. This intriguing folly was built by the Earl of Dunmore to enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area. During this one-day project you’ll be having some Rhoddie-bashing fun with Gardener Louise.

Killiecrankie

Date: Saturday 16 November 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Killiecrankie is rich in social and natural history as it played a part in the Jacobite Rising and is classified as a Special Site of Scientific Interest for its semi-ancient woodland. You’ll be busy helping the rangers with some fencing work which will allow visitors to access the site safely. If there’s time, tree planting, invasive species removal and footpath maintenance may also feature. Steel toe capped boots may be required. Please check with your CV Leader beforehand.

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.