COVID-19 outbreak: From 2021-08-09 all areas of Scotland have moved "beyond level 0" in the a strategic framework released on 2021-06-22. Most legal restrictions on our activities have ended and we have increased our minibus capacity to allow for more volunteers without their own transport to come on task.
Please look at the task list page to see the programme and the remaining requirements upon volunteers to help suppress the virus.
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11/08/2021 Posted by
Due to the relaxation in social distancing requirements beyond level 0, we have increased our minibus capacity from 4 to 6 places on a trial basis. We still request that volunteers who are able make their own way to the task site wherever possible, both to reduce close contact and leave spaces free for those without transport. Face coverings are still mandatory and our other safety measures such as assigned seating plans and ventilation are still in place. [More]
19/04/2021 Posted by
21/03/2021 Posted by
We are pleased to announce that we are resuming our conservation tasks. From 11th April we shall restart tasks in the Edinburgh area, and (hopefully) we will be able to have tasks further afield from May. [More]
23/01/2021 Posted by
Due to the continuing high level of risk from Coronavirus, we have cancelled our tasks up to and including the 14th of February. It is likely that further cancellations will follow. Please click through to the tasks page for the latest updates
18/12/2020 Posted by
Our winter programme for the new year is now available.
29/10/2020 Posted by
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]
02/10/2020 Posted by
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]
18/08/2020 Posted by
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.
10/08/2020 Posted by
Volunteers should ideally meet LCV on site before each task as this maintains effective social distancing. However, we believe that we can resume limited use of our minibus, with limited volunteer numbers and mitigations in place that we have developed after consulting the Scottish Government guidance for public transport operators. We have developed a policy to be followed by leaders, drivers and volunteers on safely use of the bus during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition we have updated our guidance to volunteers and guidance to task leaders. [More]
15/07/2020 Posted by
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
24/06/2020 Posted by
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.
12/06/2020 Posted by
LCV believe that we can resume tasks once Scotland enters Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown exit roadmap. This assumes that social distancing measures will be relaxed further once Phase 3 begins. The earliest date on which this can occur is 9th July. As part of the process we have prepared a position statement on safely running LCV tasks during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition we have updated our guidance to volunteers and guidance to task leaders. [More]
16/05/2020 Posted by
20/04/2020 Posted by
Due to the social distancing measures required by the COVID-19 outbreak, the LCV AGM this year will be held by videoconference. [More]
18/03/2020 Posted by
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]
17/03/2020 Posted by
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]
16/03/2020 Posted by
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]
14/03/2020 Posted by
Our spring programme is now available. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 tmany of these tasks will be cancelled.
27/02/2020 Posted by
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.
16/12/2019 Posted by
Our winter programme for the new year is now available.
16/12/2019 Posted by
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]
02/12/2019 Posted by
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!
26/09/2019 Posted by
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!
18/09/2019 Posted by
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]
16/09/2019 Posted by
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]