Current Task Programme

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Date Site Task and availablity
Mar Sun 18 The Hermitage of Braid Pathwork
Sun 25 Holyrood Park Wildflower planting/sowing
Sat 31 Gifford Community Woodland (RESCHEDULED) Rhododendron removal
Apr Sun 1 Holyrood Park Wildflower planting/sowing; sapling removal
Sun 8 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway (CHANGED) Pathwork at Lea Farm
Sun 15 Falkland Estate Rhododendron removal
Sun 22 Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park Yellow archangel and Russian vine control
Sun 29 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway Path work and woodland maintenance
May Sun 6 The Hermitage of Braid Pathwork
Sun 13 Easter Craiglockhart Hill Meadow Raking
Sun 20 Holyrood Park Himalayan Balsam Control
Sun 27 Cramond Foreshore Japanese Rose Removal
Japanese Rose Removal 2018-05-27 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Jun Sun 3 Blackford Hill Himalayan balsam control
Himalayan balsam control 2018-06-03 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 10 - Sat 16 Taynish Residential: Bracken bashing and scrub clearance
Residential: Bracken bashing and scrub clearance 2018-06-10 There are 2 spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Some spaces
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Sun 17 North Berwick Law Ragwort removal
Ragwort removal 2018-06-17 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sat 23 Holyrood Park Himalayan balsam control
Himalayan balsam control 2018-06-23 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Sun 24 Blackford Hill Himalayan balsam control
Himalayan balsam control 2018-06-24 There are plenty of spaces remaining on this task. Please click to view booking information Plenty of spaces
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Detailed Task Programme

Sunday March 18 The Hermitage of Braid:Pathwork

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill together form a large Local Nature Reserve which contains a wonderful range of habitats including open grassland, woodland, scrubland, the Braid Burn and wetland. This naturally makes the area home to a wealth of wildlife including dippers in the burn, tawny owls in the trees and buzzards soaring above as well an abundance of wildflowers such as greater stitchwort, red campion, foxglove and pink purslane.

On this visit to the Hermitage we will be maintaining and rebuilding paths within the reserve

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Sunday March 25 Holyrood Park:Wildflower planting/sowing

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 a wildflower meadow in the park.

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Saturday March 31 Gifford Community Woodland:(RESCHEDULED) Rhododendron removal

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.

We will be continuing our rhododendron removal work at this site. This task replaces the canceled task on 4th March. Please book on again as normal.

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Sunday April 1 Holyrood Park:Wildflower planting/sowing; sapling removal

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.

The exact work will depend on the previous task, but you may expect either further meadow creation or some woodland management work

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Sunday April 8 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:(CHANGED) Pathwork at Lea Farm

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

On this visit we will be repairing damage to the drains and path near Lea Farm. This is a change from the advertised Pond Work task which is now likely to take place on 29th April

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Sunday April 15 Falkland Estate:Rhododendron removal

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.

This is our first visit to this large estate in Fife, and we will be working with the Centre for Stewardship to help remove rhododendron from the woodland.

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Sunday April 22 Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park:Yellow archangel and Russian vine control

Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park is a peaceful green corridor through the heart of Gilmerton. In recognition of its quality as a green space it was awarded Green Flag status in 2010.

This rich habitat includes meadows, young, native woodlands, mature woodland and old limestone quarries. In the clear water of the Burdiehouse Burn you may spot a dipper racing up and down the water or a grey heron gracefully fishing.

This will be LCV's first visit to this site, where we will be undertaking control of yellow archangel which shades out other species (much like himalayan balsam) and the notorious Russian vine aka Mile-a-Minute plant.

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Sunday April 29 Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway:Path work and woodland maintenance

The route of the old Edinburgh to Peebles Railway line now provides a welcome green corridor. In addition it supports a picturesque route for walkers and cyclists between several historic Midlothian towns.

On this visit we will be assisting in maintenance of this popular cycling and walking route and the surrounding woodlands.

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Sunday May 6 The Hermitage of Braid:Pathwork

The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill together form a large Local Nature Reserve which contains a wonderful range of habitats including open grassland, woodland, scrubland, the Braid Burn and wetland. This naturally makes the area home to a wealth of wildlife including dippers in the burn, tawny owls in the trees and buzzards soaring above as well an abundance of wildflowers such as greater stitchwort, red campion, foxglove and pink purslane.

On this visit we will be continuing maintenance of paths in this local green space.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday May 13 Easter Craiglockhart Hill:Meadow Raking

Craiglockhart Hill is above Craiglockhart Sports Centre and as one of Edinburgh's seven hills, offers excellent views across the city towards the castle and Arthur's Seat. The area is owned jointly by the City of Edinburgh Council and Napier University. We will be working with the Friends of Craiglockhart Nature Trail - a local group supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust - who have produced a management plan and a trail leaflet, and continue to manage the site for wildlife.

In previous tasks on this LNR LCV has raked two cut meadows and cleared rubbish from the habitat enhancement pond areas - two large areas of vegetation have been planted to add to the biodiversity and give cover for the breeding birds.

Now that things are green and growing again, we will be raking the meadow to remove nutrrients from the grassland and assist in the growth of the native wildflowers in the meadow.

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Sunday May 20 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 invasive himalayan balsam to improve the habitat

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Sunday May 27 Cramond Foreshore:Japanese Rose Removal

Cramond is one of Edinburgh's oldest villages and has been inhabited since pre-historic times. The walk along the shoreline provides views across the Forth to the Fife coast and, in the distance, North Berwick Law can be seen. A walkway links the foreshore to Cramond Island at low tide. The path along the shore is fringed with sycamores, hawthorn, elder and ash trees.

The dune grassland area is being invaded by Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa), a popular and beautiful garden plant which has become an invasive non-native species. On this first task we will be working with the Natural Heritage Service to help remove this plant.

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Sunday June 3 Blackford Hill:Himalayan balsam control

Blackford Hill is one of the largest open spaces managed by the City of Edinburgh Council. The views across the city in all directions can hold visitors and locals spellbound as the Blackford panoramas extend over the Forth to the distant Lomond Hills.

It is an important part of Edinburgh's natural heritage, and along with neighbouring Hermitage of Braid is classified a Local Nature Reserve. The hill encompasses the oldest rocks in the city and is home to linnets, buzzards and wildflowers aplenty.

On this visit we will be removing invasive himalayan balsam.

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday June 10 - Saturday June 16 Taynish:Residential: Bracken bashing and scrub clearance

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

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Sunday June 17 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 poisonous ragwort from the Law to aid management of the land by grazing using Exmoor ponies

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Saturday June 23 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 continuing our work removing himalayan balsam

Find out how to book onto this task.

Sunday June 24 Blackford Hill:Himalayan balsam control

Blackford Hill is one of the largest open spaces managed by the City of Edinburgh Council. The views across the city in all directions can hold visitors and locals spellbound as the Blackford panoramas extend over the Forth to the distant Lomond Hills.

It is an important part of Edinburgh's natural heritage, and along with neighbouring Hermitage of Braid is classified a Local Nature Reserve. The hill encompasses the oldest rocks in the city and is home to linnets, buzzards and wildflowers aplenty.

On this visit we will be continuing our work removing himalayan balsam

Find out how to book onto this task.