Volunteering on the Lowlands Canal

Volunteering on the Lowlands Canal

It’s been a busy Autumn out on the Lowlands Canals, with many volunteers joining us to help protect and conserve their local patch!

In Falkirk, our weekly task force the LEAF group have been up to their usual good; they’ve been out in force at The Falkirk Wheel and have even joined us at Auchinstarry Sensory Garden to carry out conservation tasks. The group has continued to grow and we now have over 15 regular members. Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to a few members in the past month, but they’ve moved on to do more great things and we wish them the best of luck.

Joanna, pictured below, volunteered a magnificent 160 hours with the group. Thank you, Joanna!

joanna leaf group crop

Chris, pictured below, contributed a whopping 140 hours with the group. Thank you, Chris!

chris leaf group

We’ve also been joined by staff from the NHS, ASSET, the DWP, CGI and individual volunteers who have come along to help us with garden maintenance, pond maintenance and bringing one of the old gardens back to its colourful best. We’ve been laying matting to supress the weed growth too; this is a new process for the groups and we’re hoping it will help reduce our maintenance to the beds. The groups have come up with a fitting title for this project: Nae Mare Weeds!


We’re almost there with painting the rails at lock 27 too; just a little more to go. Thanks to Three Mobile, DWP and The Princes Trust – you guys have done a great job. We can’t wait to show you all the finished result.

At Applecross, Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) have carried out some fantastic work, completing the painting a section of the Applecross historic railings! They’re looking good, if we do say so ourselves. L

applecross railings before work         applecross railings after

Pictured above: the Applecross Street railings before, and after

Local volunteers have also been busy working at the Clay Pits at Applecross, creating wildlife habitats. We were joined by the team at Vodafone for a day too. The area is going to become a Nature Centre for everyone to enjoy. More on this soon – watch this space!

Join us

We’d love for you to come along to one of our volunteering days! If you’re interested in volunteering in the outdoors, and helping to protect and conserve your local canal & surrounding areas, please get in touch. We love to hear from community groups and corporate groups too. Contact John for more information.