Jock’s Burn 30 years on….
A day out volunteering with CCI
Kirsten Robb, Development Officer at the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, describes a day out with the volunteers cleaning up Jock's Burn in Carluke.
Want a break from the norm and to get out and meet new people doing something positive in the fresh air? I can’t recommend anything more than a few hours volunteering with Clydesdale Community Initiatives and locals from Carluke to help clean up Jock’s Burn.
Last week I spent a happy few hours helping spruce the place up and chatting to volunteers, including Sam. Thirty years ago he was part of a team from Manpower Services who built the original pathways through Jock’s Burn. It was a 6 month job Sam found really rewarding and he was back last week to give Jocks Burn the tender loving care it deserves.
As we helped pull out a hunk of metal, we got chatting to another volunteer. Sam and him found out they knew each other’s family and reminisced together about a childhood growing up around Tinto reservoir. I love these moments of connections and sharing stories. For me that’s one of the best parts of volunteering in your community.
Suddenly, Sam stopped us all as he spotted a flock of geese fly in formation over Jocks Burn – and we all listened to them honking overhead. At the end of the work, I walked back through the now clear woodland to chat to our other volunteers; Avril, her sister and Jean. A little dipper bobbed happily in the burn, as if thanking the volunteers for their care and heralding the return of nature to the Burn.