We reckon virtually all the 72 miles of water are now free of flowering plants this year. And 100% on the Tyne. See the full report here
Among other things, the charity trustees help progress various volunteer projects. They meet every couple of months, and did so again last week. See the reports of the meetings here
ELCV urgently needs more people to join as trustees to help run our charity. Without another three or four new trustees, very likely the charity will be unable to continue. For this reason, we are emailing all countryside volunteers to invite them to consider stepping forward to join us as a trustee. You may have seen the email below (download here), which explains what ELCV does, why we need new trustees and what they do – and how to find out more if you are interested in getting involved.
And/Or see an article in the Courier here
Friends of Yellowcraig volunteers making use of some of the tools provided by the grant award from North Berwick Golf Club Community Fund, as they tackle the invasive plant pirri pirri in the sand dunes at Yellowcraig. It’s a task that requires good tools, and as importantly the hands to wield them – so if you are interested in getting involved with countryside volunteering then please get in touch: What can we offer you? | Countryside Volunteering | East Lothian Council
Money, Money, Money
As we are a charity, and we do handle non-trivial amounts of money (hundreds for tools, thousands for the Aberlady Hub), we need to submit properly audited accounts to the regulators every year – you can see a summary, and the full report, here
Gone to Seed
Hogweed and Dogs
All Sightings 2021
Want more details? - see the full report at //www.elcv.org.uk/tasks/invasives/the-program/the-2021/
The ELCV recently held their Annual General Meeting (we finally report - better late than never!). The restrictions of Covid meant we kept deferring it, but the Scottish Charities Commission then gave blanket permission to temporarily run such meetings online instead of physically, so that's what we did. And as part of the AGM we approved a change to our constitution to allow us to carry on this way in the future - we've moved into the 21st Century!
What did it cover? - well Jenny gave us a resume of the year, John Harrison updated us on progress with the Aberlady Hub, Dave Quarendon reported on the giant hogweed projects and our social media sites, Dick & Jenny gave an overview of the finances, and all the committee members were re-elected - apart from our leader Dave Oldham, who sadly has had to retire due to ill health, so Dick Gill agreed to take over as chairman. And we welcomed two new members onto the committee - Andrew Stevenson and Terry Page.
See the full details in the minutes on our website here