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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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Autumn task list

Our autumn task programme is now available. Plenty for everyone!

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Taynish and Mhoine Mhor 10th-15th June 2018

After a glorious spell of May weather, hopes were high for our June residential in (sometimes) sunny Argyll. Especially as last year it didn't rain once! As before, tasks on the menu included control of bracken on the hills of the Taynish peninsula to allow better control of the deer population, and the removal of birch scrub from the Mhoine Mhor bog to reduce the level of water loss. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

As I write this, we begin a new quarter in the middle of a heatwave following the summer solstice and the group's annual residential week at Taynish and the Moine Mhor. This quarter we are again looking forward to a variety of tasks on both new and familiar sites. [More]

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Summer task list

After a short delay, we have now released details of the remaining tasks in our summer programme. Thanks for your patience

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June Committee meeting to be held on 19th

The June committee meeting has been moved to the 19th of June to avoid a clash with the summer residential.

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Carsegowan Moss and Carstramon Wood 9th-11th February 2018

Our customary late winter residential was held once again in Dumfries and Galloway, funded by the LCV reserve development funds. The task was to remove birch scrub from the Carsegowan Moss and beech saplings from Carstramon Wood. [More]

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Website changes and GDPR

Recently we have spent some time revamping our website to make information easier to find and more relevant to LCV's changing membership and client base. We hope you like the changes; please send any feedback you may have. There will be more changes to come. In addition there have been some changes to LCV's Privacy Policy to reflect the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

As winter finally relinquishes its tenacious grip we enter a new season for LCV, where we will continue to visit a varied selection of old and new sites. This includes a summer return to wonderful Taynish in what will hopefully be a flaming June. [More]

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Spring Task List

The task list has been updated with our spring programme

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Rescheduled Gifford task

The rhododendron task at Gifford scheduled on 4th March that was cancelled due to weather has been rescheduled for Saturday 31st March

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Coordinator's Comments

Season's greetings, and welcome to a new and exciting quarter for LCV. As always we have a full programme ahead of us, with visits to a mix of old and new sites and clients. [More]

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Winter Task List

The task list has been updated with our winter programme

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Carsegowan Moss Residential Oct 13-15 2017

Eight of us set off from Edinburgh on Friday destined for Galloway. After our customary stop in Moffat for deep-fried dinners we arrived at the well-equipped Stronord Outdoor Centre near Newton Stewart. [More]

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Coordinator's Comments

Welcome to another LCV season following on from a successful summer including our sunniest ever trip to Taynish, where we enjoyed a day trip to the tropical paradise of Gigha. [More]

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