Get your hands dirty in Lenzie this weekend!

Lenzie Moss. Friends of Lenzie Moss highlighting forthcoming family event 22.7.11 Pictrue by Jamie Forbes
Lenzie Moss. Friends of Lenzie Moss highlighting forthcoming family event 22.7.11 Pictrue by Jamie Forbes

HAVE you ever visited a raised bog? Saturday could be your lucky day at Lenzie Moss!

Friends of Lenzie Moss need your help to conserve this rare, raised bog on Saturday (October 8) from 10.45am – 2.30pm.

They want to prise people free of their armchairs and get them involved in their local community by helping on their CSV Action Earth project.

The Friends of Lenzie Moss – working with East Dunbartonshire and Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service – will be attaching anti-slip strips to the boardwalk on Lenzie Moss.

The boardwalk completes a circular route round the Moss that is accessible for all.

It also protects the fragile and rare plants that grow on Lenzie Moss – without it they would be trampled.

Unfortunately over time the boardwalk is becoming slippery underfoot, by installing the anti-slip surface it will improve the surface.

Friends of Lenzie Moss are looking for volunteers to help to attach the strips on to the boards, everyone is welcome! You are urged to go along and enjoy the fresh air in this little haven.

No experience is needed as all tools and training will be provided. Please wear old clothes and strong footwear, bring lunch if staying all day.

Meet at the Moss end of Lenzie Railway Station at 10.45am or follow the signs to the work site where you will meet the ranger.

The activity is part of a five-month campaign called Action Earth organised by CSV (Community Service Volunteers).

As part of this year’s campaign, SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) will be supporting 155 projects in Scotland through the three different grant awards, aimed at groups that will help support and encourage Scottish biodiversity and encourage volunteers through practical environmental projects.

Christine Morrison (Friends of Lenzie Moss) and Fiona Burns (East Dunbartonshire Ranger Service) who are co-ordinating the project, want to see as many people as possible come along to help on the day.

“Everybody can get involved in conserving biodiversity. It is a shared resource and a shared responsibility. From the smallest individual action to a national campaign, every contribution helps! The CSV Action Earth Awards are designed to help groups of volunteers take practical action to improve and create places for wildlife.”

The EYV Alliance has designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. As part of the year-long celebration CSV Action Earth is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of volunteering and help in protecting our natural resources. By supporting CSV Action Earth together we will make a real difference.

If you are keen to learn new skills, improve your local environment and have fun at the same time, call Fiona Burns on 0141 956 6586 or e-mail rangers@mugdock.org

If you would like to register your own project or think you can come up with a good project idea, then call the CSV Action Earth hotline on 0131 222 9083.