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
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
Clyde Walkway Community Links Path Surveyors - every second Wednesday
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
Community Gardening at Castlebank Park - second Tuesdays in the month
The dates are as follows:
Tuesday 13 June
Tuesday 11 July
Tuesday 15 August - please note this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Jock's Burn Community Clear-ups, Carluke - second Wednesdays in the month
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
Lesmahagow Allotments Volunteer Gardeners - every second Tuesday
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.
Life in the Cadzow Oaks - deadwood invertebrates survey volunteers. Thursdays and Fridays
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.
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.
Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days - First Thursday in the month
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
OutLET: Play Resource volunteers
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.
Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - second Thursdays in the month
The dates are as follows:
Thursday 29th June - please note this is the 5th Thursday of the month
Thursday 20 July
Thursday 17 August
Thursday 21 September
Meeting place is the Pavillion in Stonehouse Park at 10.15am.
Clyde and Avon Valley Citizen Journalism volunteers - flexible
Clyde and Avon Valley volunteer ambassadors - flexible
New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers
North Lanarkshire Council environmental volunteers
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 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).
Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde environmental volunteers
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.