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Extra task at Granton Castle walled garden

09/10/2018 Posted by

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.

Coordinator's Comments

08/10/2018 Posted by

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]

Autumn task list

13/09/2018 Posted by

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

Taynish and Mhoine Mhor 10th-15th June 2018

16/07/2018 Posted by

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]

Coordinator's Comments

02/07/2018 Posted by

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]

Summer task list

26/06/2018 Posted by

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

June Committee meeting to be held on 19th

29/05/2018 Posted by

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

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

29/05/2018 Posted by

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]

Website changes and GDPR

21/05/2018 Posted by

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]

Coordinator's Comments

28/03/2018 Posted by

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]

Spring Task List

26/03/2018 Posted by

The task list has been updated with our spring programme

Rescheduled Gifford task

06/03/2018 Posted by

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

Coordinator's Comments

21/12/2017 Posted by

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]

Winter Task List

19/12/2017 Posted by

The task list has been updated with our winter programme

Carsegowan Moss Residential Oct 13-15 2017

18/10/2017 Posted by

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]

Coordinator's Comments

08/10/2017 Posted by

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]

Coordinator's Comments

27/06/2017 Posted by

Following a successful AGM we begin a new LCV year, which will contain new opportunities and challenges for us to meet. I am very pleased to say that our conversion to Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation has been completed, apart from the tying up of a few loose ends with OSCR. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

19/03/2017 Posted by

Following a successful winter of activity we are looking forward to a busy spring, which will include our AGM on 9th May. This will be our first AGM under our new corporate identity as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

12/01/2017 Posted by

As I write this we approach the winter solstice when the days begin to lengthen and we can look back on a successful LCV season and forward to a new one. It has been a period of ongoing change wrapped up in continuity as we carry on our work with a variety of clients, both old and new, with a variety of interesting tasks, while saying goodbye to Ian and Mark as they head for a new adventure in the far North. [More]

Two for One - Carsegowan Moss and Carstramon Wood Residential 28 - 30 October 2016

17/12/2016 Posted by

Heading for the picturesque Stronord Old Schoolhouse outdoor activity centre 5 miles from Newton Stewart we travelled down on Friday evening. David Nutter was our well organised leader and caterer; Sarah McConachie, Willie and myself were sharing the driving. In the minibus were also Louisa, Edel and Bruno. Pete Carthy joined us at the centre. It was a long drive and we stopped off for chips etc. in Moffat. This very southern bit of Scotland feels properly wild and remote. LCV and I had been to both sites before and I was looking forward to continuing the work to preserve both very special sites. [More]

Coordinator's Comments

01/10/2016 Posted by

As we enter a new LCV season, there have been a few changes. We have now achieved the necessary committee and full membership agreement to convert LCV to a SCIO and will be putting in our application very shortly, once a few small, remaining details are sorted out. [More]

Legacy Update

01/10/2016 Posted by

With summer on its last legs I thought I would write you all an update on our progress towards putting the money Colin McLean left us to good use, to keep us all cheerful through those nasty cold winter months. [More]

Taynish residential 7th-15th August 2016

22/09/2016 Posted by

Baulking at the thought of spending all of August in Edinburgh, LCV headed, once again, to Argyll for a week's residential task courtesy of Scottish Natural Heritage at the Taynish and Mhoine Mhor NNRs. LCV have been frequent visitors to these two sites over the years and have undertaken various tasks including birch pulling, fence construction and gorse control. While a privilege in itself to visit such a magical part of the world we've also been wowed by the sight of the Knapdale beavers in their new habitat and various other wildlife going about its business. [More]