In over five decades of inspiring people and improving places, The Conservation Volunteers has consistently supported people working locally to improve their environment and their life chances, and created resilience in the most vulnerable communities.
Welcome to The Conservation Volunteers blogs. Where we share what we do.
Last week the mid week group were working hard to rake leaves off the path and stairs beside the Water of Leith. This week, they went back to finish off an even harder job!
A 300m stretch of drainage had to be dug out along the side of the path.… Read the rest
This week’s hardy Monday group headed over in the thick, icy fog to Pollok Park in Glasgow. It’s a familiar site as we have worked here before to clear the Rush and Dock and help establish a wildflower meadow in boggy grassland near the Burrell Collection.… Read the rest
Yet again it’s that time for another update of our goings on here at the Tree Life Centre. It seems like more than a month ago since our last update, mainly because it’s been very busy with everyone working hard, trying to keep warm mainly, and due to plenty of changes occuring within the centre. … Read the rest
It HAS been a busy few months! We have our new signpost installed and still in one piece filled with lots of news and pictures of the garden. We also managed to install it without hitting any underground services – thanks to a council employee coming out to survey the ground for anything lurking beneath…
We have green manure coming along nicely in the top bed so it can just be dug in rather than weeded out come spring just before we plant seeds for next year.… Read the rest
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on a site called Craigton Farm on the Allan Water Catchment. The landowner of Craigton has a vision that she shares with the Natural Flood Management Project of creating a native woodland on her land beside the Allan Water river.… Read the rest
Last week Wednesday’s group went out to the Water of Leith to clear the autumnal debris and make the public footpath more accessible. The path beside the section of river behind Donaldson’s had been covered by leaves and the volunteers set to clearing the path, while leaving space for the many dog walkers, cyclers and runners that came their way!… Read the rest
Almost a year ago I visited Scotland for the first time. I had been invited for an interview with TCV and I couldn’t miss that amazing opportunity. So without thinking it twice, I booked a flight and arrived in Stirling at about four in the afternoon on a December day.… Read the rest
The midweek volunteers have now been working for 6 weeks on the gardens at the Islay Centre at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Work is almost finished and the final products should be completed in the next week or two! But first a quick update on what the volunteers have been up to in the past couple of weeks.… Read the rest
We have completed the fence project at Dawsholm Park, and all volunteers and Frog Life were really happy with the finished result. The reason for the fence is to stop dogs from trampling the pond, to encourage more frogs and newts to the pond.… Read the rest
On Monday 11th November, the Glasgow Midweek Group headed down the M74 to the beautiful town of Biggar in South Lanarkshire. It was a longer than usual drive to the site but we enjoyed our journey through the beautiful autumn countryside.… Read the rest