Do you want to give nature a helping hand? If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty but haven’t a suitable outdoor space, conservation volunteering could be just the thing for you.
The Conservation Volunteers Scotland tcv-scotland, with national headquarters in Stirling, offers volunteering opportunities throughout the country. Activities range from the destructive (invasive species removal, woodland management) to the nurturing (wildflower and tree planting) and the constructive (bird box building, fencing, footpath upgrading). Some take place under the auspices of a Green Gym tcv-green-gym. This is a scheme which aims to improve your strength and stamina, boost your practical skills and confidence while benefitting your local green spaces.
If your particular interest lies in helping maintain some of Scotland’s most historically interesting and naturally beautiful places, volunteering with NTS nts-volunteering could be the answer. You could learn a new skill such as drystane dyking and you might have the opportunity to attend training courses.
All over Scotland there are volunteer groups which focus on supporting particular conservation organisations or looking after a particular green space. For instance Lothians Conservation Volunteers lcv do practical environmental conservation in Edinburgh and the Lothians at weekends. Within the Lothians they mainly work on Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves, community woodlands and country parks. The Water of Leith Conservation Trust waterofleith works to conserve and enhance Edinburgh’s wee river. The Friends of Riverside Park Glenrothes forp are committed to the improvement of the park for the use of the community. They have made and erected bird boxes and planted trees in their local green space.
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