Volunteering, Training and Learning

Help celebrate the landscape and learn new skills

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership needs YOU to help conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon valleys. From archaeology to archival research, education and environmental volunteering roles, there are a wide range of volunteering, training and learning opportunities available. Learn some new skills or contribute skills you already have individually, or as a group, and make a difference along the way.

Take a look at the list of opportunities below and get in touch to find out more. Please visit Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire for further listings of opportunities available in your area.

Environmental Volunteering with Clydesdale Community Initiatives - various dates and times

Chatelherault Country Park environmental volunteering

Volunteer conservation and heritage enthusiasts will carry out vital path repair work, vegetation clearance and carpentry projects to help improve the biodiversity value of the woodland and enhance the visitor experience in the most visited designed landscape in the Clyde and Avon valley.

Volunteering will take place on various Wednesdays from 10:15am – 2:30pm, as listed below, with the exception of Thursday 14 September:

Wednesday 6, Thursday 14, Wednesday 20 September

Wednesdays 4, 18 October

Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 November

Wednesdays 6, 13 December

To volunteer to take part on the conservation activities at Chatelherault or to find out more, get in touch with Clydesdale Community Initiatives by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01555 664211.

Clyde Walkway Community Links Path Surveyors - every second Wednesday

Volunteer to maintain Clyde Walkway Community Links routes every second Wednesday with Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) from May to August, 2017.

The vital work will help keep five Clyde Walkway Community Links paths safe and accessible for all to use, working to a plan prepared by CCI. Enabling people to play an active role in surveying and maintaining local paths, tasks will include vegetation clearance and litter picking.

Enthusiasm for looking after local paths is all that is required – no previous experience is necessary, and all tools and hot drinks will be provided. Volunteers are only asked to bring a packed lunch, waterproofs, and lots of energy and enthusiasm. The ground is likely to be wet and uneven so wellies or sturdy boots are essential.

The sessions will take place 10:15am – 2pm on the following days:

Wednesday 31 May: Larkhall - Clyde Walkway

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June: Crossford – Stonebyres - Nemphlar - Kirkfieldbank

Wednesday 5 July: Rosebank Circular

Wednesday 19 July: Nemphlar Moor Road - Braidwood

Wednesday 16 August: Law - Maudslie Estate

Tuesday 29 August: Law - Mauldslie Estate

Find out more at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/get-on-the-path-to-improving-clyde-walkway-community-links, and contact CCI on 01555 664 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

Community Gardening at Castlebank Park - second Tuesdays in the month

Jock's Burn Community Clear-ups, Carluke - second Wednesdays in the month

Roll up your sleeves and get behind a community clean-up of Jock’s Burn in Carluke with Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI). All ages and backgrounds are urged to come together and lend a hand to spruce up this little oasis of nature in the town. Help out with de-littering, clearing debris from the burn, and tidying up and repairing steps.

Jock’s Burn is one of the few places in Carluke where people can experience a bit of nature, including residual ancient flora and fauna that would have at one time cloaked the local area. The importance of Jock’s Burn to the local community has been highlighted in community consultations and identified as a vital corridor for people to walk and cycle to work and school by the Make Your Way project. Popular with dog walkers, it will soon be home to a new school orchard through a project with Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), Carluke Development Trust and seven local primary schools.

The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 14 June

Wednesday 12 July

Wednesday 9 August

Wednesday 13 September

No experience required. Tea, coffee and tools provided. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing / footwear for outdoors. If you don’t have appropriate footwear, please advise CCI upon booking as a range of sizes are available for loan. Booking is essential on 01555 664 211 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lesmahagow Allotments Volunteer Gardeners - every second Tuesday

Put your green fingers to good use or learn new skills at Lesmahagow Allotments, Brocketsbrae, every second Tuesday, 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Led by experienced gardeners from Lesmahagow Development Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives, newcomers are welcome – there are always plenty of simple jobs that can be done and someone is always on hand to give pointers and advice.

There are plenty of jobs at varying levels to keep all occupied whilst allowing you to get some fresh air, learn new skills, meet new people, have fun AND get your hands dirty.

Volunteers are urgently required to assist in essential maintenance such as planting, pruning, weeding and dead heading and are all important in the ongoing upkeep of the allotments.

Find out more at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/volunteers-sought-to-join-the-new-lesmahagow-allotments-volunteering-team and contact CCI on 01555 664 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

Life in the Cadzow Oaks - deadwood invertebrates survey volunteers. Thursdays and Fridays

Life in the Cadzow Oaks - deadwood invertebrates survey volunteers. Thursdays and Fridays
The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow are looking for volunteers to assist in regular fieldwork, including trap checking and general surveying duties at the Cadzow Oaks site until March 2018. No experience is necessary as training will be given.

The survey focusses on invertebrate species, most notably spiders and beetles such as the nationally notable rove beetle Bibloplectus pusillus or the cobweb beetle Ctesias serra. Survey results will be compared to a survey completed over 50 years ago, the results of which are held in the Hunterian Museum. It is hoped that the survey will confirm the presence and abundance of key species that were recorded in the past and note any changes. Findings will be used to inform management plans, ensuring the appropriate conservation of these unique habitats for the future.

Volunteers will be able to enjoy surveying whilst spending time in a beautiful landscape, some of which is usually inaccessible to the general public. The amount of time that volunteers can contribute to the project is flexible, but volunteers should be available through the day on Thursdays and / or Fridays to fit in with the project schedule.

Contact Jeanne Robinson, Curator of Entomology at the Hunterian Museum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0141 330 2303, Monday – Wednesday.

Local Landscape Heroes - flexible

From farmers to millers and poets to painters, the Local Landscape Heroes project celebrates the people that have shaped the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Help research local landscape heroes from Hamilton to Strathaven, New Lanark and all places inbetween, no matter how famous, infamous or obscure, living or dead. Uncover secrets from old diaries, dig out photos unseen for decades, re-photograph traditional scenes today and identify pieces of art created by those inspired by the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Local Landscape Heroes is led by CAVLP Heritage and managed by Northlight Heritage and support and training will be offered in historical research areas. All research will feed into a trail highlighting sites of interest around the Clyde and Avon Valley.

All ages and experience welcome, and research can be organised to suit what time you are able to spare. Contact the team to discuss and sign up on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 661 555 and find out more at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/local-landscape-heroes-sought-in-the-clyde-and-avon-valley.

Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days - First Thursday in the month

Love being outdoors? Love your local woodland? Join the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team the first Thursday of every month, 10:15am – 3pm.

Working in Mauldslie Woods in all seasons, join in with Clydesdale Community Initiatives to learn new woodland maintenance skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of essential tasks to help care for the woodland, part of the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR).

No experience required. Tea, coffee and tools provided. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing / footwear for outdoors. If you don’t have appropriate footwear, please advise CCI upon booking as a range of sizes are available for loan.

Sessions take place on:

Thursday 4 May

Thursday 1 June

Thursday 13 July - please note this is the second week in July

Thursday 10 August - please note this is the second week in August

Thursday 7 September

Thursday 5 October

Thursday 2 November

Thursday 14 December - please note this is the second week in December

Public Transport Links - Service 317 Hamilton – Clyde Valley – Larkhall – Lanark

Booking is essential on 01555 664 211 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More details are available at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/volunteers-sought-to-join-the-new-mauldslie-woods-volunteering-team

OutLET: Play Resource volunteers

OutLET: Play Resource volunteers
Outdoor Learning and Education Training: Play Resource is a social enterprise based in South Lanarkshire, using play and culture to ‘level the playing field’ for those affected by social, emotional and economic deprivation.

OutLET: Play Resource put on a huge spread of outdoor play, Forest School and training opportunities in the local area, relying on volunteers to provide as many play opportunities they can.

Gain new skills, make friends and help create play opportunities for local children by volunteering with OutLET: Play Resource! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call / text Jackie on 07770973256 to find out more, or visit http://outletplayresource.co.uk

Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - second Thursdays in the month

Clyde and Avon Valley Citizen Journalism volunteers - flexible

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) are looking for Citizen Journalism volunteers to provide a commentary on events and experiences through photography / film making and / or social media channels.

CAVLP support over 70 projects in the area that celebrate the local landscape, cultural heritage and people, so there are plenty of opportunities to get into, from reporting on project updates to recording short films in the landscape and interviews. The role is flexible and will be across a variety of locations so own travel or ability to plan public transport is a must. The role is also social, working with different organisations to convey experiences or updates.

Citizen Journalists will have a background or keen interest in journalism / photography / film making / social media and their contributions will be shared on the CAVLP website, social media and for evaluation purposes.

Volunteers should have access to their own equipment in the form of smart phones, cameras and computers. Travel expenses will be re-imbursed. Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 663 430 to find out more.

Clyde and Avon Valley volunteer ambassadors - flexible

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) are looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute the quarterly Valley Life newsletters throughout the area, share news on social media and help with general office duties. Spare as little or as much time as you’d like. Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 663 430 to find out more.

New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers

New Lanark World Heritage Site have volunteering opportunities in the Archive and Search Room, Events and Exhibitions, Crafts and Learning, Playparks and Gardens, and the Double Row Restoration Project. Read more on the New Lanark website. Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 661 345 to find out more.

North Lanarkshire Council environmental volunteers

North Lanarkshire Council offer environmental volunteering opportunities in council managed sites including Dalzell Estate. To find out more, contact the Countryside Ranger Service directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01698 402090. 

Other volunteering opportunities in Archives, Active Schools, short breaks for children and young people with disabilities and Care Share voluntary befriending project can be viewed on the North Lanarkshire Council website

RSPB Baron’s Haugh environmental volunteers

RSPB Baron’s Haugh environmental volunteers

RSPB Baron's Haugh have regular volunteering groups every Thursday from 10.00 – 3.00, as well as Saturdays 1st July, 5th August, 2nd September, 4th November, 2nd December (no date in October).

RSPB Baron’s Haugh also has many other volunteering opportunities, from environmental conservation to wildlife surveying. Visit the RSPB Baron’s Haugh website, fill in the online form, or contact RSPB directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0141 331 0993 for more information.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde environmental volunteers

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) offer volunteering opportunities from environmental conservation to wildlife surveying and events. Visit Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, Scottish Wildlife Trust Volunteering, or contact SWT directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 665 262 for more information.

South Lanarkshire Council conservation and Adopt-a-Path volunteers

South Lanarkshire Council offer environmental volunteering opportunities including conservation work days and Adopt-a-Path volunteers on council managed land including Chatelherault and Mauldslie woodlands.  To find out more and for contact details, visit the South Lanarkshire Council Environmental Volunteering page

Other volunteering opportunities in Community Transport, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire’s Volunteering Initiative, Retail, Fundraising, Youth Work, Office and Administration, Mentoring and Befriending can be viewed on the South Lanarkshire Council website