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

Dollar Glen

Date: Saturday 8 December 2018

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

This stretch of woodland lies east of Stirling and lies 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 12 January 2019

Project leader: Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium 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 have some rhoddie-bashing fun with Gardener Louise.

Dunkeld

Date: Saturday 26 January 2019

Project leader: Moira Coull (07982 821528)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Dunkeld is a picturesque and peaceful place, situated on the banks of the River Tay. The Ranger Service need your help to remove invasive Rhododendron ponticum. If there’s time, some footpath maintenance might also be on the agenda. 

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

Branklyn Garden

Date: Saturday 9 February 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium physical tasks

Gardener Jim could do with a hand carrying out some general garden maintenance and landscaping to help protect biodiversity in this lovely garden.

Falkland Palace

Date: Saturday 23 February 2019

Project leader: Fiona Paterson (07931 870474) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium physical tasks

Falkland is one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. For this project you’ll be working alongside the gardeners, with work duties to be confirmed nearer the time.

Barry Mill

Dates and project leaders:

Saturday 9 March 2019, Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Saturday 23 March 2019, Moira Coull (07982 821528)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding 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 local people. Work duties 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.

Killiecrankie

Date: Saturday 6 April 2019

Project leader: Rob Dey (07875 879354) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

The views at Killiecrankie are spectacular – the perfect place to pause and contemplate nature. However, you’ll be busy helping the rangers with some fencing work which will allow visitors to access the site safely. If there’s time, invasive species removal and footpath maintenance may also feature. 

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

Inverewe

Date: Friday 26–Sunday 28 April 2019

Project leader: Moira Coull (07982 821528)

Time: Depart at TBC

Work grading: Medium/Demanding physical tasks

Inverewe is one of the most popular garden attractions in Scotland, with its secluded spot on the shores of Loch Ewe. During this weekend project you’ll be involved in footpath maintenance and woodland management on the wider estate. 

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

Accommodation will be provided at the Poolewe Village Hall (indoor camping with showers).

Falkland Palace

Date: Saturday 11 May 2019

Project leader: Diane Milne (07773 631117)

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Low/Medium physical tasks

Falkland is one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. For this project you’ll be working alongside the gardeners, with work duties to be confirmed nearer the time.

House of the Binns

Date: Saturday 25 May 2019

Project leader: Fiona Paterson (07931 870474) 

Time: Depart at 9am

Work grading: Medium/Demanding 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. Colin Wren, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager, needs your help with clearing an old abandoned garden.

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