Current Task Programme

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Upcoming tasks

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Date Site Task and availablity
Jun Sun 9 Gifford Community Woodland Woodland maintenance
Sun 16 Cander Moss Birch sapling removal (note early departure - 0900)
Sun 23 Humbie Woods Rhododendron control
Sun 30 Leadburn Community Woodland Task TBC, but tree-related
Jul Sun 7 North Berwick Law Ragwort removal
Sun 14 Traprain Law Ragwort removal
Sun 21 - Sat 27 Taynish Residential: task TBC
Date Site Task and availablity
Aug Sun 4 Carolside Estate Tree weeding
Tree weeding 2024-08-04 Unfortunately, there are no spaces remaining on this task. Task full
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Sun 11 Upper Nethan Gorge Tree tube removal (note - 0900 departure from the square)
Tree tube removal (note - 0900 departure from the square) 2024-08-11 Unfortunately, there are no spaces remaining on this task. Task full
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Sun 18 Falkland Estate TBC. (note - 0900 departure from the square)
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Sun 25 Spottiswoode Ground preparation for tree planting
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Sep Sun 1 Whim Woods Rhododendron control
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Sun 8 Mellerstain Estate Rhododendron control or tree tube removal
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Sun 15 North Berwick Law Reedmace control
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Sat 21 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
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Sun 22 Gullane Scything the meadow
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Sat 28 Red Moss Birch pulling
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Sun 29 North Berwick Law Reedmace control
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Space information last updated: Tuesday 23 July 2024

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Detailed Task Programme

Sunday June 9 Gifford Community Woodland:Woodland maintenance

Gifford Community Woods was purchased by the local community in April 2017 with the support of the Scottish Land Fund and various other donations. It is an approximately 55 acre woodland near the East Lothian village of Gifford and comprises mixed and plantation woods on an ancient woodland site.

The Gifford Community Land Company is seeking to restore the area to native woodland supporting broad biodiversity which will be an asset to the local community now, and for generations to come.

On previous visits to this site we have cleared felled trees, planted trees, removed invasive species and carried out path work. It is likely that this task will involve one or more of these activities.

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Sunday June 16 Cander Moss:Birch sapling removal (note early departure - 0900)

Cander Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Larkhall, is a remnant of a formerly more extensive raised bog. It is virtually undisturbed and is one of the best examples of raised bog in South Lanarkshire.

On this visit we will be removing birch scrub to reduce the rate of water loss in the bog, helping it to regenerate. Please note that due to the distance to this site, the bus will depart at 0900 from the square

Please note this is a change from the advertised task of removing tubes from mature trees at Upper Nethan Gorge.

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Sunday June 23 Humbie Woods:Rhododendron control

Situated at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills, Humbie Wood is an attractive stretch of woodland offering shelter to a wide variety of wildlife. The mixed Scots pine, Douglas fir and beech are home to hedgehogs, red squirrels, jays and grey heron can be spotted near the waterfall on the Humbie Water.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing invasive rhododendron from this privately owned woodland to ensure the woods can naturally regenerate in the future.

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Sunday June 30 Leadburn Community Woodland:Task TBC, but tree-related

Leadburn Community Woodland, 13 miles south of Edinburgh, was recently purchased from the Forestry Commission by a small group of individuals known as the Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland. The group intend to replace the previous plantation of conifers with native trees such as silver birch, ash, oak and rowan, among others, and planting at the site has recently begun. The area is boggy in places, so wellies are recommended if you have them.

On this visit we may be removing tree tubes or continuing the sapling rescue and replanting work we've previously carried out with this client. Note that this task may move to Waterheads or the Barnes Estate near Peebles.

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Sunday July 7 North Berwick Law:Ragwort removal

Twenty five miles east of Edinburgh, situated to the south of North Berwick itself and prominently visible from the coastline, North Berwick Law is a well-loved green space with stunning views over the Forth and much history, ancient and modern. In previous visits to this site we have carried out pathwork and ragwort control.

On this visit we will be removing toxic ragwort plants. This helps to protect the health of the herd of Exmoor ponies that are used for conservation grazing on the hill

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Sunday July 14 Traprain Law:Ragwort removal

At 221m Traprain Law is a distinctive, dome shaped hill, which overlooks the East Lothian town of Haddington just to the east of Edinburgh. First occupied about 3500 years ago it has a long history of human activity - there is evidence that the site was used for burial as well as for manufacturing bronze tools. In the early twentieth century archaeologists working on the site uncovered a cache of Roman silverware. It is believed that the mythical King Loth of the Goddodin, from whom the Lothians take their name, ruled from the hill in the first half of the fourth century.

On this visit we will be removing toxic ragwort plants. This helps to protect the health of the herd of Exmoor ponies that are used for conservation grazing on the hill.

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Sunday July 21 - Saturday July 27 Taynish:Residential: task TBC

The ancient deciduous woodland at Taynish is one of the largest in Britain and thoroughly worth the long trip from Edinburgh. Oak trees have flourished here for 6000 years or more — a little longer than people have lived here. Once a source of timber and charcoal, these woods now form one of Britain's largest remaining native oakwoods. The importance of the site was recongnised in 1977 by designation as a National Nature Reserve and it is now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Taynish lies on a scenic peninsula overlooking Loch Sween, which was scoured out by glaciers 11000 years ago and has an atmosphere all of its own.

The peninsula has a wide range of habitats, including shoreline, grassland, scrub, bog, heath and woodland, each home to a host of plants, insects, birds and mammals that thrive in the clean, humid air. In all, between the woodland's dripping ferns and mosses and the marsh and grassland, over 300 plant species and more than 20 kinds of butterfly are supported. To help the woods keep their near-natural character and rich wildlife, SNH is also removing rhododendron, which crowds out other plants.

Our summer residential this year will be at Taynish and Mhoine Mhor. Accomodation will be at the Kilmartin Bothy as in the past. In previous years we have helped to suppress bracken to aid forest regneration and removed scrub from the peat bog at Mhoine Mhor. The precise task(s) will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please note that spaces are limited to 10 and you must have attended a day task before booking for a residential.

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Sunday August 4 Carolside Estate:Tree weeding

Carolside Estate is a few miles south of Lauder in the Leader valley. At the heart of the estate is an 18th century stately home and formal garden with striking Delphinium beds and a walled garden of ancient roses. The estate owners are in the process of converting a conifer plantation to native, broadleaved woodland

On this visit we will be weeding previously-planted trees to ensure they develop without being choked by other plant growth

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Sunday August 11 Upper Nethan Gorge:Tree tube removal (note - 0900 departure from the square)

Upper Nethan Gorge is a gorge carved by the River Nethan. This peaceful ancient woodland supports a huge range of species, including locally uncommon plants such as broadleaved helleborine, wood melick and meadow saxifrage. Great spotted woodpeckers and buzzards are often seen.

On this visit we will be removing the tubes from mature trees where the tube is no longer necessary to protect the tree. This helps the tree to develop more naturally and reduces the amount of plastic in the environment.

Please note: due to the distance to this site, we will be departing at 0900 from the square rather than the usual 0930

Additionally this task may be moved to Cander Moss depending on conditions. If we go to Cander Moss the task will be sapling management to help maintain water levels in the bog

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Sunday August 18 Falkland Estate:TBC. (note - 0900 departure from the square)

Falkland Estate covers around some 1900 hectares, just under one-fifth of which is wooded, with the rest divided between arable farmland on the low ground and rough grazing on the hills. There have been settlements here from at least the time of the Iron Age people who built hill forts. It was a favourite royal hunting ground of the Stuart monarchs and home to Victorian leaders of rural and architectural style.

The task will be confirmed nearer the time. Please note that due to the distance to this site, we will be departing at 0900 from the square rather than the usual 0930

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Sunday August 25 Spottiswoode:Ground preparation for tree planting

Dr David Long from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, has purchased land near Lauder that contains a spruce plantation. He has gradually removed the spruce and replaced it with natural broadleaf woodland to increase biodiversity. LCV has visited Spottiswoode a number of times in the last few years, clearing and burning spruce and planting trees.

On this visit we will be clearing brash from felled non-native spruce and preparing the ground exposed for tree planting

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Sunday September 1 Whim Woods:Rhododendron control

Whim Wood is part of Whim Bog SSSI and is situated just south of Leadburn. The bog itself is a lowland raised bog habitat important for several species of sphagnum moss as well as bog asphodel and the carnivorous round-leaved sundew.

On this visit we will be clearing invasive rhododendron and removing the roots to ensure it doesn't come back. This will help the woodlands on the site to regenerate and improve biodiversity.

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Sunday September 8 Mellerstain Estate:Rhododendron control or tree tube removal

Designed by Robert Adam and completed in 1778, Mellerstain House sits on an estate in the heart of Scotland's rolling border country. The formal gardens surrounding the house were designed in 1910 and are dotted with ancient trees. Roe deer are often glimpsed in the gardens as are badgers, stoats and foxes. In summer swallows, bramblings and pied flycatchers make the estate their home. This is our first visit to and we will be helping control rhododendron or possibly removing tree tubes.

On this, our first visit to this new site we will be removing invasive rhododendron or tubes from mature trees that no longer need the protection of the tube.

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Sunday September 15 North Berwick Law:Reedmace control

Twenty five miles east of Edinburgh, situated to the south of North Berwick itself and prominently visible from the coastline, North Berwick Law is a well-loved green space with stunning views over the Forth and much history, ancient and modern. In previous visits to this site we have carried out pathwork and ragwort control.

On this visit we will be removing reedmace from the pond area to increase the area of open water to support other plant species and improve the habitat for birds and other aquatic fauna

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Saturday September 21 Holyrood Park:Gorse cutting

Holyrood Park is the Koh-i-Noor in the crown jewels of Edinburgh's stunning landscape. Comprising 650 acres of mixed grassland and encompassing Arthur's Seat, the iconic Salisbury Crags as well as some of the oldest exposed rocks in Edinburgh this is a vital island for wildlife in the heart of our majestic capital.

On this visit we will be creating and maintaining firebreaks in the gorse on the site. This helps to reduce the impact of fire and creates additional habitats for butterflies and wildflowers.

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Sunday September 22 Gullane:Scything the meadow

Gullane Links are part of the beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery in East Lothian to the east of Edinburgh, which includes sand dunes, mudflats, sandy beaches, rocky headlands, steep cliffs and a scattering of small islands. Gullane Bay is about two miles north-east of Aberlady and is one of the finest and most popular sandy beaches within easy reach of Edinburgh.

On this visit we will be cutting and raking the wildflower meadow to reduce the nutrient levels and ensure the meadow remains a meadow rather than reverting to grassland.

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Saturday September 28 Red Moss:Birch pulling

The main feature of Red Moss, which is an Scottish Wildlife Reserve above Balerno on Edinburgh's south-west corner, is a raised bog. Over time, the sphagnum moss has built up. It now acts like a sponge as the water level at the centre of the raised dome is considerably higher than the nearby Bavelaw reservoir. To prevent the bog drying out, over the past 15 years we have pulled up any birch which has self-seeded. This site can be wet so wellies are recommended if you have them.

On this visit we will be removing birch and other saplings from the bog to help reduce the amount of water lost to transpiration and ensure the bog continues to regenerate.

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Sunday September 29 North Berwick Law:Reedmace control

Twenty five miles east of Edinburgh, situated to the south of North Berwick itself and prominently visible from the coastline, North Berwick Law is a well-loved green space with stunning views over the Forth and much history, ancient and modern. In previous visits to this site we have carried out pathwork and ragwort control.

On this visit we will be removing reedmace from the pond area to increase the area of open water to support other plant species and improve the habitat for birds and other aquatic fauna

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