Current Task Programme

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Upcoming tasks

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Date Site Task and availablity
Nov Sun 12 Spottiswoode Birch thinning
Sun 19 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
Sun 26 Humbie Woods Rhododendron control
Dec Sat 2 Gifford Community Woodland Tree planting (CANCELLED)
Sun 3 Yellowcraig Beach Sea buckthorn control (task changed)
Sun 10 Gifford Community Woodland Rhododendron control
Sun 17 Penicuik Estate Tree planting
Sat 23 Humbie Woods Rhododendron control
Tue 26 Gore Glen Woodland Park Woodland management
Sun 31 Gifford Community Woodland Rhododendron control
Fri 29 Vogrie Country Park Woodland management
Jan Tue 2 Gifford Community Woodland Rhododendron control
Sun 7 Holyrood Park Gorse cutting
Sun 14 Gifford Community Woodland Preparation for tree planting and rhododendron control
Sun 21 Roslin Moat Pond work and invasive species control
Sat 27 Gifford Community Woodland Tree planting
Sun 28 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm Tree aftercare
Feb Sun 4 Roslin Moat Pond work and invasive species control
Date Site Task and availablity
Feb Sun 11 Upper Nethan Gorge Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900)
Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900) 2024-02-11 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sat 17 Barns Estate Sapling rescue
Sapling rescue 2024-02-17 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 18 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm Tree aftercare
Tree aftercare 2024-02-18 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 25 Gifford Community Woodland Rhododendron control
Rhododendron control 2024-02-25 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Mar Sat 2 Yellowcraig Beach Pirri-pirri burr control
Pirri-pirri burr control 2024-03-02 There are some spaces remaining on this task. If all online spaces are full, try booking by phone. Some spaces
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Sun 3 Black Moss Pond clearance and maintenance
Pond clearance and maintenance 2024-03-03 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 10 Flanders Moss NNR Scrub clearance (note early departure - 0900)
Scrub clearance (note early departure - 0900) 2024-03-10 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Fri 15 - Sun 17 Ben Lawers Residential: Fence removal
Residential: Fence removal 2024-03-15 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Plenty of spaces
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 24 Whim Woods Rhododendron control
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There are 12 spaces remaining in the bus for this task Plenty of spaces
Sun 31 Easter Breich Wood Path work
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Space information last updated: Tuesday 6 February 2024

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Detailed Task Programme

Sunday November 12 Spottiswoode:Birch thinning

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 thinning birch regeneration in the native woodland areas to ensure more light enters the understory and to allow the remaining trees to develop successfully.

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Sunday November 19 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 clearing gorse to make firebreaks and improve biodiversity by giving other plants a chance

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Sunday November 26 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

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Saturday December 2 Gifford Community Woodland:Tree planting (CANCELLED)

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.

Unfortunately this task has been cancelled as the ground is frozen and covered in snow, making it impossible to plant trees.

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Sunday December 3 Yellowcraig Beach:Sea buckthorn control (task changed)

Yellowcraig is situated 23 miles east of Edinburgh just north of the attractive East Lothian village of Dirleton and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It comprises a variety of habitats, including mature and developing woodland, sand dunes, coastal grassland and rocky outcrops, as well as its long sweeping sandy beach with views to Fidra island.

On this visit we will be clearing sea buckthorn (and any other invasive scrub) from the dunes to preserve the duneland habitat.

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Sunday December 10 Gifford Community Woodland:Rhododendron control

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 this visit we will be clearing non-native rhododendron stands to help with the regeneration of the woodland.

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Sunday December 17 Penicuik Estate:Tree planting

The estate is home to the celebrated Penicuik House and a large area of designed landscape containing woods, meadows and heath, all with considerable value to the natural world.

On this visit LCV will be working with friends of Leadburn Community Woodland to plant locally rescued tree saplings and commercially reared native species to replenish a traditional Estate woodland at Penicuik Estate.

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Saturday December 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 carrying out various tasks (path work, tree maintenance) in this fine old growth woodland in East Lothian

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Tuesday December 26 Gore Glen Woodland Park:Woodland management

Gore Glen Woodland Park is a good example of land restoration. This former coal bing ten miles south-east of Edinburgh has been landscaped into an attractive area for both wildlife and visitors. The park was planted in 1979 with a variety of species and is mainly woodland in character. The Gore Water runs through the park and supports kingfishers, dippers and herons.

On this visit we will be removing broom and other invasives. There may well be a fire!

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Sunday December 31 Gifford Community Woodland:Rhododendron control

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 this visit we will be clearing non-native rhododendron stands to help with the regeneration of the woodland.

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Friday December 29 Vogrie Country Park:Woodland management

Vogrie is a popular country park half an hour from Edinburgh and four kilometres south-east of Dalkeith. It is run by Midlothian Council. About half the area is covered by woodland and scrub, with smaller patches of grassland, three ponds, an alder coppice and a conifer plantation. Over the years we have cleared the ponds, cut meadow grass, repaired part of a drystane dyke, cleared scrub, coppiced alder and planted trees.

On this visit we will be removing various invasives from the woodlands in this popular local nature reserve and amenity woodland. THere may be a fire.

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Tuesday January 2 Gifford Community Woodland:Rhododendron control

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 this visit we will be clearing non-native rhododendron stands to help with the regeneration of the woodland.

Book online

Sunday January 7 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 continuing our work clearing gorse to make firebreaks and improve biodiversity by giving other plants a chance.

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Sunday January 14 Gifford Community Woodland:Preparation for tree planting and rhododendron control

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 this visit we will be burning previously cut rhododendron brash and clearing previously felled diseased ash trees to ensure part of the woodland is ready for tree planting on future tasks. In addition there will be further clearance of stands of rhododendron to support future tree planting and woodland regeneration work.

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Sunday January 21 Roslin Moat:Pond work and invasive species control

Roslin Moat is on the restored site of a colliery and brick works. Over 30,000 trees and shrubs were planted at the Moat in 1990, leaving an additional area for plants and wildlife to gradually colonise. There is also an old curling pond which is a haven for aquatic species. The reserve as a whole boasts a good variety of wildflowers, birds and invertebrates, and the woodland is particularly interesting for fungi lovers.

On this visit, our first to the site, we will be working to improve the habitats in and around the curling pond.

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Saturday January 27 Gifford Community Woodland:Tree planting

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 this visit we will be planting trees in areas previously cleared of rhododendron and diseased ash. Should the weather on the day prove unsuitable for tree planting we will continue rhododendron clearance work

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Sunday January 28 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm:Tree aftercare

A farm in East Lothian with areas managed for wildlife habitat

On this visit we will be checking up on trees LCV helped to plant at Eaglescairnie. Aftercare/beating up is very important for successful treeplanting as it allows for the replacement of dead saplings and for problems such as broken stakes or damaged tubes to be corrected before the growing tree is damaged.

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Sunday February 4 Roslin Moat:Pond work and invasive species control

Roslin Moat is on the restored site of a colliery and brick works. Over 30,000 trees and shrubs were planted at the Moat in 1990, leaving an additional area for plants and wildlife to gradually colonise. There is also an old curling pond which is a haven for aquatic species. The reserve as a whole boasts a good variety of wildflowers, birds and invertebrates, and the woodland is particularly interesting for fungi lovers.

On this visit we will be continuing the work started on our previous task here: removing invasive species and improving the habitat around the curling pond.

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Sunday February 11 Upper Nethan Gorge:Tree tube removal (note early departure - 0900)

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 tubes from mature trees so the plastic does not enter the wider environment and the trees can continue to grow free of encumbrance. Please note that due to the distance to this site, the bus will depart at 0900 from the square

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Saturday February 17 Barns Estate:Sapling rescue

Barns Estate is a beautiful location on the banks of the River Tweed.

We visited part of the estate at Neidpath Wood near Peebles to collect Beech seedlings at the end of October and on this visit we will return to another part of the estate near Barns Tower to plant a wildlife corridor using mainly birch saplings and willow cuttings as part of a move by the estate to a more sustainable farming model.

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Sunday February 18 Eaglescairnie Mains Farm:Tree aftercare

A farm in East Lothian with areas managed for wildlife habitat

On this visit we will be checking up on trees LCV helped to plant at Eaglescairnie. Aftercare/beating up is very important for successful treeplanting as it allows for the replacement of dead saplings and for problems such as broken stakes or damaged tubes to be corrected before the growing tree is damaged.

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Sunday February 25 Gifford Community Woodland:Rhododendron control

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 this visit we will be clearing non-native rhododendron stands to help with the regeneration of the woodland.

Book online

Saturday March 2 Yellowcraig Beach:Pirri-pirri burr control

Yellowcraig is situated 23 miles east of Edinburgh just north of the attractive East Lothian village of Dirleton and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It comprises a variety of habitats, including mature and developing woodland, sand dunes, coastal grassland and rocky outcrops, as well as its long sweeping sandy beach with views to Fidra island.

On this visit we will be removing the seedheads from the invasive pirri-pirri plant to protect the fragile dune habitat

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Sunday March 3 Black Moss:Pond clearance and maintenance

Once derelict land Black Moss Nature Park was established by the Central Scotland Countryside Trust in 1991 and has since been managed by volunteers. It is managed with the aim of creating new habitats, managing existing ones and to provide a resource for outdoor recreation and education. The site is on the edge of Armadale, 25 miles west of Edinburgh. There is a small area of woodland, boardwalks, meadows and a pond on which moorhens, coots and dabchicks breed. The adjoining moss area was included within the boundary of the Nature Park as part of the SNH peatland restoration project in 2014.

On this visit we will be clearing out the pond on the reserve to remove excess vegetation and create additional microhabitats for amphibians and waterfowl before breeding season gets underway.

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Sunday March 10 Flanders Moss NNR:Scrub clearance (note early departure - 0900)

Situated in the Carse of Stirling, Flanders Moss NNR is one of the largest raised bogs in Britain. Year round the surface of the bog is a carpet of mosses of reds, oranges and greens and is home to a number of bog specialist plants and insects. It is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Special Area of Conservation.

On this, our first visit to the site, we will be cutting back scrub to help maintain the integrity of the bog. Please note that due to the distance to this site, the bus will depart at 0900 from the square

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Friday March 15 - Sunday March 17 Ben Lawers:Residential: Fence removal

The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve lies near Killin above Loch Tay, about two hours north-west. Along with the Cairngorms, this mountain reserve is renowned for having one of the finest examples of rare arctic-alpine plants in Scotland. The area is mostly managed by the National Trust for Scotland, NTS. Extending to over 3,000 hectares of mountain and moorland habitat, Ben Lawers is very popular with hillwalkers who enjoy the spectacular views from the summit. However, the steep and fragile characters of the soils make them particularly vulnerable to erosion.

On this visit we will be removing a redundant deer fence, allowing other fauna (including humans) to more easily move amongst the diverse habitats on this grand mountain. Accomodation will be in the NTS ranger centre in Killin. You must provide your own bedding/sleeping bag - and warm mountain clothing and suitable boots are essential.

Residential tasks are only suitable for volunteers with some LCV experience.

Note: there generally is a small charge for group catering.

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Sunday March 24 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 from the mixed woodland on the SSSI

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Sunday March 31 Easter Breich Wood:Path work

Situated between Livingston and Blackburn, Easter Breich Wood is a mosaic habitat of woodland, grassland and waterways. It is home to Roe Deer, numerous butterlies and moths and a diverse range of other wildlife.

On this, our first visit to the site, we will be working with the Easter Breich Community Group to help maintain the path network.

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