Sustainability

Volunteering opportunities

Throughout the year there will be opportunities to volunteer at the University's Forest and Peatland sites. Local residents, community groups, students and staff are welcome. Opportunities can be found on this page, which will be regularly updated.

Drumbrae core path
Drumbrae showing core path

Conservation volunteering at Drumbrae  

During June and July we will be running some conservation volunteer days at Drumbrae.

Our Community Ranger, Julie, will be working alongside local crafts people to improve the well-loved path to Dumyat from Sheriffmuir Road.   

This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn new skills, meet new people and help maintain the path for everyone to enjoy.  

 

Complete this form to register for one of the volunteering days below. 

 

 

Saturday 29 June - path maintenance

  • A chance to get involved with maintenance of the main hill path. There will be a variety of tasks including digging ditches, clearing drainage features and path surfacing.

  • Depending on where we are working, there may be a walk of up to 2km along the path, and it will involve tool use and manual handling.

  • We will be using upland path building techniques to keep water off the path to prevent path erosion.  
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm

Friday 12 July - path maintenance

  • A chance to get involved with maintenance of the main hill path. There will be a variety of tasks including digging ditches, clearing drainage features and path surfacing.
  • Depending on where we are working, there may be a walk of up to 2km along the path, and it will involve tool use and manual handling.
  • We will be using upland path building techniques to keep water off the path to prevent path erosion.  
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm

Important Info 

  • All volunteer days will run from 10am-3pm. 

  • All tools and equipment provided.  

  • No previous experience needed.  

  • Anyone aged 16 or older is welcome to sign up. If you are under 16 years old, please ask a parent / guardian to get in touch with the Community Ranger.

  • Volunteers to bring a packed lunch and drinking water / hot drinks.  

  • You should wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, have sturdy footwear and bring waterproof clothes in case of rain. 

  • Places are limited and spaces must be booked in advance.  

  • Volunteers are required to fill in a registration form to help us keep everyone safe.  

  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed. They may be subject to a maximum limit.

  • The Community Ranger will be in touch with volunteers to confirm the details the week before the volunteer days. 

  • Please note that photography and/or videography may be taking place during volunteering activities. Please speak to the Community Ranger if you would not like to be in any photography or videography.  

  • View the leaflet for the above volunteering opportunities

Accessibility Information  

  • The activity level will be moderate / strenuous.  Everyone can work on tasks that they are comfortable with, and we will have regular breaks to enjoy the views! 

  • Reasonable fitness is required as there will be tool use, manual handling and walking on upland paths.  

  • We will be working in small groups and most people won't know each other.  

  • Parking is available on Sheriffmuir Road and Pendreich car park.  

  • There is no public transport to Sheriffmuir Road. If you would like help with transport, please let us know.  

  • There are no toilets on site. The closest public toilets are in Bridge of Allan.  

  • If you are not able to submit the online registration form, an alternative format can be provided. Please contact the Community Ranger.

  • Please get in touch with the Community Ranger (Community.Ranger@ed.ac.uk) if you have any questions or accessibility requirements.