Announcements

COVID-19 outbreak: Our task programme is still running. Please keep checking the task list page for updates.

On 2020-11-17 the Scottish Government updated the protection levels (tiers) assigned to various areas of the country as part of the strategic framework for control of coronavirus in Scotland. Edinburgh remains in tier 3. The restrictions in tier 3 continue to allow us to run tasks outdoors.

The LCV trustees' view is that LCV, a registered charity, operates "organised outdoor activities" for those over the age of 18 and furthermore provides "voluntary and charitable services". These activities are expressly permitted in the relevant legislation.

The travel guidance and the relevant law also contains an exception to allow for "travel for work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, but only where that cannot be done from your home".

Any decision to travel to our tasks must always be made by each individual volunteer, with regard to their own personal circumstances and taking into account any other relevant government guidance. Police Scotland have indicated they will be enforcing the travel restrictions from Friday 20th November so volunteers should also prepare themselves to explain the reason for their journey when traveling to tasks.

Introduction of protection levels - tasks continue

On 2020-10-29 the Scottish Government the protection levels (tiers) assigned to various areas of the country as part of the strategic framework for control of coronavirus in scotland. Edinburgh and surrounding areas are in tier 3. The restrictions in tier 3 continue to allow us to run tasks outdoors. [More]

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Tasks restarting - tasks until end November

After a review of the Scottish Government guidance and associated regulations, we are pleased to announce that we can resume our conservation tasks. Since LCV is a registered charity, we are permitted to carry out "organised activities" taking place outdoors for those over 18. Our first task is on 4th October, scything the meadow at Springfield Mill in Midlothian and we've now added some more tasks up to the end of November! Please keep checking the tasks page for further updates. [More]

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New tasks for September

We are pleased to announce five more tasks for the month of September. Due to COVID-19 we are updating the programme on a monthly basis and tasks may be cancelled at short notice.

Please note: Tasks will run rather differently while the outbreak is ongoing, depending on the measures required. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to make their own way to the site as places on our minibus are extremely limited due to social distancing requirements. There are also be additional instructions on the day to ensure social distancing and hygiene.

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Niamh Ni Nagy joins the committee

Niamh has joined the committee as our Fundraiser. This is an important role as fundraising allows us to provide tools, equipment and training to our volunteers. Many thanks to Niamh for taking this on. LCV would also like to thank Meryl Norris for her work over the years

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Summer task list

Our Summer task programme is now available. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 we will be updating the programme on a monthly basis and tasks may be cancelled at short notice. Please note: Tasks will run rather differently while the outbreak is ongoing, depending on the measures required. Initially there will be no minibus transport and volunteers will be required to make their own way to the site. There will also be additional instructions on the day to ensure social distancing and hygiene.

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2020 AGM held successfully

We held our AGM on 12th May, using videoconferencing due the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, here is the list of committee members for 2020/21. [More]

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Arrangements for 2020 Annual General Meeting

Due to the social distancing measures required by the COVID-19 outbreak, the LCV AGM this year will be held by videoconference. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

We are completing another successful season of LCV tasks where we visited a variety of established and new sites. We are due to start a new season soon but with the COVID-19 outbreak this has been delayed in accordance with government advice. Please check the website for updates. [More]

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COVID-19 - Likely effects on LCV's task programme

In line with government advice published on 2020-03-16 to avoid any unecessary travel and social gatherings we are now cancelling tasks in our programme 3-4 weeks ahead of the date of the task. [More]

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LCV residential at Carsegowan Moss

Eight of us left Edinburgh on Friday afternoon destined for a weekend of bog conservation. We eyed the weather forecast apprehensively: high-velocity sleet anyone? [More]

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Spring task list

Our spring programme is now available. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 tmany of these tasks will be cancelled.

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Cancelled Granton Castle task rescheduled for 14th March

The task that was cancelled on 15th February due to waterlogging of the worksite has been rescheduled for Saturday 14th March. If you would like to attend, please book with Debbie as normal. Note that bookings on the cancelled task will not be transferred, so please re-book if you wish to go.

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Winter task list

Our winter programme for the new year is now available.

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Coordinator's Comments

As we approach the end of the year, we look forward to another where we will celebrate the Golden Anniversary of LCV and to that end, I would like to welcome Edel Sheridan and Sarah McConachie to the committee. I would also like to welcome Katie Koehler. [More]

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New Task: Scrub clearance at Easter Inch on 2019-12-31

We have an additional task on Hogmanay: a continuation of our scrub clearance works at this popular site. An excellent preparation for the evening festivities!

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New Task: Sea buckthorn control on 2019-10-12

We have an additional task in October: Sea Buckthorn control at Yellowcraig Beach. Last chance to spend a day on the beach this year we think!

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LCV at the Edinburgh Volunteer Fair

LCV would like to thank Volunteer Edinburgh for hosting us and more than 50 other charities at the excellent Volunteer Recruitment Fair 2019. We spoke with a number of lovely people on the day and hopefully we'll see some of you on task soon. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

As summer fades and autumn's rosy glow envelopes us we celebrate the end of a successful quarter for LCV and look forward to a new one where we will be working on a mixture of new and established sites. [More]

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Autumn task list

Our autumn task programme is now available.

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Summer task list

Our summer task programme is now available. Enjoy!

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Coordinator's Comments

As I write this, we have just had a successful residential in Galloway at the end of a good quarter for LCV and look forward to the upcoming quarter. [More]

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Successful AGM, and a big thankyou to Peter Gilbert

We held our AGM on 14th May and firstly we would like to extend a big "thankyou" to Peter Gilbert who stepped down as LCV's Training Organiser at the AGM. Peter, we hope to see you on task soon. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

As I write this, we have just had a successful residential in Galloway at the end of a good quarter for LCV and look forward to the upcoming quarter. [More]

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LCV resi at Knowetop Lochs and Carstramon Wood

Six of us gathered at the LCV toolshed on the Friday evening looking forward to our weekend away. Willie was our designated leader and he and Sarah shared the driving between Edinburgh and Dumfriesshire. The traffic on route was kind to us so we pushed on to Castle Douglas for our chip shop stop. Thanks to Sarah's googling we found a terrific one (Moore's) which served an impressive selection of takeaway items, including a special of the day "mango chilli prawn wrap" - traditional chippies take heed!. [More]

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Spring task list

Our spring task programme is now available. Hope you enjoy it!

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Coordinator's Comments

As the year blends into 2019, we look back on a successful 2018 and also forward to 2019, where we will return to some of our old favourite sites as well as some new and diverse ones. [More]

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Winter Task List

The task list has been updated with our winter programme

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Greg Parker joins the committee

Greg has taken on the Membership Secretary role filled hitherto by Louisa Martin. Many thanks to Greg for taking on this important role!

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Carsegowan Moss and Carstramon Wood 19th-21st October 2018

"Bring a sleeping bag, a pillowcase, your wellies and full waterproofs", they said. "Bring something warm and dry to change into and a flask for a warming drink on the task", they said. This did not sound like we were expecting sunny weather, but I was looking forward to the adventure so potential cold and wet weather were not a deterrent. [More]

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Booking Phone Number Restored

As of 27th October 2018 our usual bookings phone number 0131 3370223 has been reconnected and should be used for any future bookings. Please accept our apologies for the recent disruption.

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Extra task at Granton Castle walled garden

We are delighted to announce we will be returning to Granton Castle on Saturday 17th November to continue with the scrub clearance work there. Clearing the scrub enables the community garden's own volunteers to return the land to productive community use.

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Coordinator's Comments

As we enter a fresh new quarter with LCV, the summer is already fading to memory and a chill is in the air. During the summer we enjoyed a successful resi trip to Taynish, and we have a weekend resi in Dumfries and Galloway planned for October. In other news from last quarter, seven of our volunteers completed a first aid course in early September, meaning we'll now have even more first-aiders at hand when out on task. [More]

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