01.07. - 15.07.2018
Dean Castle Country Park has over 80 hectares of countryside and yet is set in the heart of Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire as a free resource for the whole community. The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, an adventure play area, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle, which you may recognise from the famous Outlander series as Beaufort Castle! With scenic paths and trails to explore, the park is a great place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and see some fantastic wildlife. Volunteers are vital to the Park and help us improve the Park for wildlife and make it a better place for the community. The Park is managed by East Ayrshire Leisure, a charity delivering leisure, cultural and countryside services across East Ayrshire.
We'll be creating a local nature reserve at Queen’s Drive in Kilmarnock, a short walk every morning from Dean Castle. The area is beside the river with a pond and open grassland. We'll do a variety of practical conservation tasks in the two weeks, including fence removal, path work and planting, to make a haven for wildlife and people. We’ll also be creating a wildflower meadow to benefit bees, butterflies and birds and maintaining wildlife hedges and woodland at the new nature reserve as well as helping out at the Park. Local volunteers will be joining in to help out for a couple of days as well.
You'll be housed at the brand new residential centre in the country park just along the main drive from the castle. There will be four to a room in bunk beds and no need for sleeping bags! There's a kitchen with plenty of cooking equipment for you to use to cook up a tasty meal at the end of the day to use at the centre as well as a recreational space to hang out in the evenings and weekends. You'll all work together to cook and clean as a team and have a chance to share inter-cultural meals and experiences.
A good level of English is necessary for this project. A love of nature and the outdoors and willingness to work in all weathers will also help you enjoy this experience!
The Participation fee is £80 and this can be paid online through East Ayrshire Leisure’s booking system before you arrive. You’ll be sent a link to this before you arrive. This money goes towards the cost of food and staffing costs for accommodation while you’re here.
There are local pubs and cafes nearby as well as a cinema in Kilmarnock. For weekend trips, there are plenty of tourist attractions within easy reach of Kilmarnock including Loch Lomond, Isle of Arran, Glasgow, Edinburgh or the beautiful beaches of Troon and Ayr. You could try a ceilidh (fun folk dancing for everyone!) or last year we also brought a dance group in to do folk dancing with the volunteers.
Extra participation fee 90.0 EUR
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