The Friends of Blairs Loch have been working to reopen the water at Blairs Loch for trout fishing, extending the footpath network around the loch and refurbishing the Boat House and adjacent buildings. Currently, we are renovating the boat shed and require volunteers for general outdoor labouring. No specific skill sets are a prerequisite but if someone has a particular skill that they can bring that would be great! drop-in every Sunday or whole day once a month etc. We tend to do half days on various days during the week.
Orchard Road Car Park at 0900 on the 2nd Saturday of each month (Please check first that you would like to join the volunteers that month) Transport from Orchard Road to site is provided
The Dava Way links the 24 miles between Forres and Grantown and is recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails, used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders each year. It is maintained by members of the Forres-based Dava Way Association. The Association organises monthly maintenance days to clear drainage and cut back undergrowth and fallen trees so that the path remains usable. Key to the ongoing success is the team of volunteers who give their time to maintain the trail. Please consider joining the team on a regular basis or even when you can!
Forres in Bloom is a friendly group of volunteers who aim to enjoy gardening, have fun and enhance our pride of place in Forres. All gardening tasks throughout the seasons. Weeding, watering, removing detritus, planting etc. We are at FIB Nursery at Grant Park Car Park all year round. Volunteers can adopt their own area!
Forres' new Community Orchard needs support with social media, especially Facebook. They are looking for someone who is passionate about community orchards to write lively, interesting posts and promote events. The commitment would be a couple of hours a month, working from home.
Silver Saplings is a community based health and wellbeing project aiming to increase community engagement with the natural world for all ages. You could join our experienced instructors on nature day-trips for older people, care home activities for immobile older people, as well as supporting our younger participants through bushcraft and leadership programmes for young people and forest schools and coastal classrooms for primary age children.
Wild-things! is looking for volunteers to assist with their Habitat Restoration Project along the banks of the river Findhorn. You would be helping to remove invasive non-native species such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed to allow our native plants and flowers to regenerate. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of Giant Hogweed you need to be over 18 and physically fit.
This is a chance to be involved in a project right at the beginning. The plan is work on the land to grow food to supply a mini market. The growing space is more than an allotment but less than a commercial space. Initial volunteering would involve clearing and preparing the land. Once a working group is formed there will be regular work parties.
Conservation Volunteers are a diverse group of people who undertake outdoor work for the National Trust for Scotland on a regular basis. At Brodie Castle, NTS conservation volunteers this year will be tasked with cutting back vegetation around Rodney’s Stone, an 8th century Pictish monument to improve access for visitors, cutting back vegetation along the exit drive and clearing invasive Rhododendron ponticum from the pond area.
The woodlands in and around Forres are highly valued community assets. Forres Community Woodlands Trust aims to utilise the potential of these woodlands to provide a wide range of community benefits. These include providing local people and visitors to the area with ready access to special places to enjoy peace and quiet, healthy exercise, education and recreation.
The Forres Community Woodlands Trust Board of Trustees consists entirely of volunteers and we are constantly on the lookout for new trustees. At present we are particularly in need of a treasurer, but anyone with an interest in helping us to manage the woodland is welcome.
Volunteer Fixers – The Repair Café at Transition Town
Are you good at fixing stuff? Would you like to share those skills while making friends? Then join the repair revolution at The Repair Café! This is a great way to meet your neighbours, learn new skills and keep useful items out of landfill. The volunteer fixer role gives great satisfaction, the feeling of triumph when a repair is successful, seeing people's faces light up when they learn something new, and also knowing that you are reducing waste, building community and helping our planet.