The Countryside and Greenspace Service supports volunteers in the outdoors in many ways. We work closely with a number of groups to help with funding, become constituted, run events and carry out practical site improvements. We work more generally with many other groups across South Lanarkshire to provide regular information, events and training courses through our Environmental Volunteers Network.
We produce an Environmental volunteer network newsletter twice a year which provides updates on groups and sites, as well as projects and funding information.
We help with regular conservation work days with groups such as the Cadzow Crew who operate in various places, including Cadzow Glen and South Haugh in Hamilton. There are also events and hands-on practical days organised at sites across South Lanarkshire throughout the year.
If you would like to join our network of volunteers, find out about a community group near you or would like any more information you can email us. You can also check out what’s happening on our Facebook page.
If you walk regularly in South Lanarkshire, or would like to get out and explore some of our countryside walks, why not join our Adopt-A-Path Scheme as a Volunteer Path Surveyor?
The Adopt-A-Path Scheme is a South Lanarkshire Council initiative enabling people to play an active role in surveying and maintaining their local paths. Ideally Path Surveyors would walk their route four times a year, once in each season, and report back to us what they find. The Countryside Ranger Service provides each Path Surveyor with a Handbook and initial training that covers all the basics you will need to get started. As a volunteer you will be part of the South Lanarkshire Environmental Volunteering Network, giving you access to information, events and training.
All you need to do is let us know which path, section of path or route you would like to explore and report on. Click ‘Map Features’ on the left hand menu and then tick the Core Path Network check box. This will highlight all core paths and the wider path network. You will now have the whole path network to explore digitally before making up your mind. If you are unfamiliar with your route you may wish to walk it before getting in touch with us.
Once you have decided which routes you would like to walk, or if you want to discuss becoming a Path Surveyor, just drop an email to CAG@southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk to help get you started on the right path!
Many conservation organisations in the UK look for support from volunteers. Here are just a few:
• Citizen science information, projects and apps are listed on the Scotland’s Environment website
• Jobs, Volunteer opportunities and training courses can also be found at the Countryside Jobs Service