Current Task Programme

COVID-19 outbreak Phase 3: On 2020-09-10 the Scottish Government released a further set of updates to the control measures used in Phase 3 of the exit from lockdown. Regrettably, the social distancing requirements have been tightened and for the time being only two households (up to a maximum of 6 people) may meet outdoors. While this restriction is in force it is impossible to run LCV tasks. Accordingly the remaining tasks on our September programme have been cancelled with immediate effect.

Please keep checking the task list page for updates. As soon as we are able to safely run tasks again we will do so. The next review date for the exit from lockdown is 1st October, and with luck we will have better news for all our valued volunteers then.

Please note that initially we will not use our minibus to transport volunteers to tasks. Therefore volunteers will need to meet us on site on the day of the tasks. Instructions will be provided to those who book on the task and on this website (whenever possible).

COVID-19: Phase 3 of exit from lockdown

COVID-19 outbreak Phase 3: On 2020-09-10 the Scottish Government released a further set of updates to the control measures used in Phase 3 of the exit from lockdown. Regrettably, the social distancing requirements have been tightened and for the time being only two households (up to a maximum of 6 people) may meet outdoors. While this restriction is in force it is impossible to run LCV tasks. Accordingly remaining tasks on our September programme have been cancelled with immediate effect.

We will cancel tasks in the programme 2-3 weeks before they are due to run while these restrictions remain in force.

You may still book uncancelled tasks if you wish, but please understand it is likely that tasks will be cancelled. If you wish to book, first you will need to read how to book, then read about what to bring and finally where to meet us on the day.

The next review date for the exit from lockdown is 1st October, and with luck we will have better news for all our valued volunteers then.

If you would like more information about whether a task is suitable for you then please check our information about volunteering with us or if you prefer contact us by email.

Upcoming tasks

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Date Site Task and availablity
Jun Sun 7 - Sat 13 Taynish Residential: Scrub and bracken control
Sat 20 Yellowcraig Beach Piri piri burr control
Sun 21 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam control
Sun 28 Traprain Law Ragwort control
Jul Sun 5 Granton Castle Walled Garden Willowherb control (task changed)
Sun 12 Blackford Glen Ground preparation works for picnic benches
Sun 19 Blackford Glen Burn clearance and step maintenance
Sun 26 Bawsinch and Murder Acre Reedbed management and path work
Aug Sun 2 Traprain Law Ragwort control
Sun 9 Granton Castle Walled Garden Fence construction and scrub clearance (task changed)
Sun 16 Private house Destruction of a leylandii hedge to permit replacement with native species
Sun 23 Bawsinch and Murder Acre reedbed management and pathwork.
Sun 30 Falkland Estate Cutting back and brashing along paths
Sep Sun 6 Gullane Scything meadow
Sun 13 Leadburn Community Woodland Path work
Path work 2020-09-13 Our apologies, but this task has been cancelled Task cancelled
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Sun 20 Granton Castle Walled Garden TBC
TBC 2020-09-20 Our apologies, but this task has been cancelled Task cancelled
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Sun 27 Red Moss Birch control and pond management
Birch control and pond management 2020-09-27 Our apologies, but this task has been cancelled Task cancelled
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Space information last updated: Thursday 10 September

If you would like to print out our task list, here is our current newsletter, The Puggled Mucker (302K) which contains a task programme.

Site map

The map below shows the sites in the work programme this quarter

There is also an interactive map of all our work-sites.

Detailed Task Programme

Sunday June 7 - Saturday June 13 Taynish:Residential: Scrub and bracken control

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, removing bracken and clearing scrub from the peat bog to aid regeneration. Accomodation at the Kilmartin Bothy.

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Saturday June 20 Yellowcraig Beach:Piri piri 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 to the beautiful dunes at Yellowcraig we will be removing invasive piri-piri burr seeds to preserve the duneland habitat.

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Sunday June 21 Holyrood Park:Himalayan balsam control

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 removing highly invasive Himalyan Balsam from areas within the park

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Sunday June 28 Traprain Law:Ragwort control

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'll 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 5 Granton Castle Walled Garden:Willowherb control (task changed)

This site is a category B-listed medieval walled garden that once belonged to Granton's lost castle. Whilst the castle may be gone its two acre walled garden has survived through many centuries of change thanks to its fertility and the unique microclimate created by its high stone walls.

On this visit we will be removing rosebay willowherb to facilitate other plantings.

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Sunday July 12 Blackford Glen:Ground preparation works for picnic benches

Blackford Hill rises to 164m and lies about two miles south of Edinburgh city centre. It has many features of geological interest, including "Agassiz rock", the first recognisable evidence of glacial action to be found in Scotland. Along with Blackford Glen and the Hermitage of Braid, this is a popular spot within Edinburgh for runners, dog walkers, climbers and cyclists alike.

On this visit to this popular local nature reserve we will be working with the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and preparing the ground for installation of picnic benches. This includes digging and removing turf and installing a sub-base of wood chips.

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the Stable Block by Hermitage House at 1000. To get there, enter the Hermitage via the Braid Road entrance (by the coffee shop) and walk down the road until you see our parked van. If you are late, please call 0772 0287037
  2. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households in each group below the limit of 5.

This is our first task under the new COVID-19 restrictions. We are still learning how to operate in this new world and things might not go entirely smoothly at first! We request understanding in the event of any failures, and feedback on how we can do better. Thankyou.

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Sunday July 19 Blackford Glen:Burn clearance and step maintenance

Blackford Hill rises to 164m and lies about two miles south of Edinburgh city centre. It has many features of geological interest, including "Agassiz rock", the first recognisable evidence of glacial action to be found in Scotland. Along with Blackford Glen and the Hermitage of Braid, this is a popular spot within Edinburgh for runners, dog walkers, climbers and cyclists alike.

On this visit we will be working with the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid to clear fallen trees and other debris from the burn, as well as scraping back and re-dressing steps to the Midmar Paddock area of Blackford Hill.

Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the Braid Road entrance to the Hermitage of Braid at 1000.

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Sunday July 26 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:Reedbed management and path work

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be clearing tree scrub from the reedbeds and maintaining paths within this local nature reserve.

Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the gateway to the Bawsinch Reserve on Duddingston Road West at 1000. There will be a maximum of 10 volunteers permitted on this task. Please do not attend unless you have booked.

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Sunday August 2 Traprain Law:Ragwort control

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'll 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.

  1. Please note due to COVID-19 the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. At this time we expect that volunteers will meet at the south side of Traprain Law from 1000 onwards. If you are using your own car, please park respectfully.
  2. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households in each group below the limit of 5.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 9 Granton Castle Walled Garden:Fence construction and scrub clearance (task changed)

This site is a category B-listed medieval walled garden that once belonged to Granton's lost castle. Whilst the castle may be gone its two acre walled garden has survived through many centuries of change thanks to its fertility and the unique microclimate created by its high stone walls.

A welcome return to Granton Castle walled garden. Previous tasks have been thwarted by weather and then lockdown. On this visit we will be erecting a rabbit-proof fence to protect plantings at the garden from Flopsie, Mopsie, Cottontail and all their friends. In addition we'll be clearing scrub to enable new plantings.

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at Granton Castle garden for 1000, on the access road next to the Social Bite facility. The location of the garden is given on the interactive map above, or if you prefer via Google Maps. Once you get there our minibus should be fairly obvious!
  2. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households in each group below the limit of 5.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 16 Private house:Destruction of a leylandii hedge to permit replacement with native species

This task will be held at a private house in the Edinburgh area. Consequently we have not placed the site on our map. Those who book onto the task will be advised of the location.

Martin and Sharon Brownjohn have been stalwart volunteers with LCV for a number of years. On this task we'll be helping them remove a Leylandii hedge from their garden to facilitate planting of a hedge of native species in the autumn. Leylandii is a biodiversity desert and replacement with native hedges will benefit many species, as well as being attractive.

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at Martin and Sharon's house at 1000. You will be told where this is after booking
  2. There will be a maximum of 9 volunteers permitted on this task. Please do not attend unless you have booked.
  3. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households in each group below the limit of 5.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 23 Bawsinch and Murder Acre:reedbed management and pathwork.

Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch are found in the heart of Edinburgh on the southern edge of Holyrood Park, just below Arthur's Seat and only three kilometres from the city centre. Formerly a derelict industrial site, Bawsinch is a triangular area next to the south shore of the loch. This 26 hectare reserve, partly owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is a bird sanctuary and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area boasts breeding and wintering wildfowl, marshland with reedbeds and willow, patches of scrub and woodland, some freshwater ponds and an area of grassland named Goose Green. In the past LCV has felled trees, cleared ponds, built log bridges and cleared invasive vegetation. In recent years an additional area of land known as Murder Acre has been leased from Historic Scotland to extend the reserve.

On this visit we will be clearing tree scrub from the reedbeds and maintaining paths within this local nature reserve.

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. the minibus will not be used for volunteer transport. Therefore volunteers should meet at the gateway to the Bawsinch Reserve on Duddingston Road West at 1000.
  2. There will be a maximum of 10 volunteers permitted on this task. Please do not attend unless you have booked.
  3. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households in each group below the limit of 5.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday August 30 Falkland Estate:Cutting back and brashing along paths

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.

On this visit we will be working on paths within the estate to enhance access to the woodlands on site.

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. Volunteers are encouraged to meet us on site at the Woodland Hub in Falkland Estate at 1030
  2. The minibus is available for volunteers who do not have their own transport but spaces are very limited. Please read the guidance related to use of our minibus during the COVID-19 pandemic before asking for a place on the bus
  3. Due to social distancing requirements volunteers will be immediately split into multiple groups to keep the number of households within each group below the limit of 5.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday September 6 Gullane:Scything 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. Pirri pirri bur is a low growing, evergreen perennial native to New Zealand. The plant has become invasive along parts of the East Lothian coastline, where it outcompetes native grasses on the dune system.

On this visit we will be scything the wildflower meadow, prior to raking the cut material to release the seeds for next year

Please note due to COVID-19:

  1. Volunteers are encouraged to meet us on site near the Gullane Bents Carpark at 1000
  2. The minibus is available for volunteers who do not have their own transport but spaces are very limited. Please read the guidance related to use of our minibus during the COVID-19 pandemic before asking for a place on the bus
  3. Due to social distancing requirements and the restricted nature of the worksite we can only take 1 group of 5 households on this task

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday September 13 Leadburn Community Woodland:Path work

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 will be working on paths within this popular community woodland to improve access to the site

Regrettably this tasks has been cancelled due to changes in social distancing requirements on 2020-09-10

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Sunday September 20 Granton Castle Walled Garden:TBC

This site is a category B-listed medieval walled garden that once belonged to Granton's lost castle. Whilst the castle may be gone its two acre walled garden has survived through many centuries of change thanks to its fertility and the unique microclimate created by its high stone walls.

Regrettably this tasks has been cancelled due to changes in social distancing requirements on 2020-09-10

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday September 27 Red Moss:Birch control and pond management

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 scrub from the bog to reduce the loss of water through transpiration and to ensure the important bog habitat continues to regenerate. In addition we'll be doing some management of ponds within the reserve

Regrettably this tasks has been cancelled due to changes in social distancing requirements on 2020-09-10

Find out how to book onto this task.