Archive for 2020

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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COVID-19 infection mitigation rules for LCV Minibus

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]

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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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Coronavirus volunteering policy statement

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]

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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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