Lasswade District Civic Society

About Lasswade

The LDCS was formed in 1971 with the aim of improving and maintaining the natural and urban environment in Lasswade. Nearly 50 years later and with a membership of over 300 residents, this remains the primary focus of the society.

We do this by:

  • Conducting practical conservation projects
  • Representing the views of our members and other local opinion to appropriate authorities during the preparation of Local and District Structure Plans.
  • Collaborating with Midlothian Council and other official bodies in the best interests of our district
  • Monitoring and commenting on local Planning Applications when considered appropriate.

The Society has been involved in a wide variety of campaigns and projects including:
Footpath Signpost
Securing council recognition of pathways and rights-of-way throughout the District.
Mavisbank by Wendy J MacMillan Evidence to the Local Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order for Mavisbank and its policies.
River Esk by Joy Moore
Drainage work on the riverside path from Kevock to Polton and tree planting to stabilise eroded riverbanks.
Crocuses in the snow by Brita Sugden Bulb planting on roadside verges, such as those in Melville Wood at the Wadingburn junction.
Community Garden by Cheryl Ashworth
Establishment and maintenance of a community garden.
Footbridge Plaque by Cheryl Ashworth Installation of the Jubilee Footbridge crossing the North Esk River from Lasswade village to Lasswade park via the community garden.

Since the Society’s inception almost 50 years ago, Lasswade has transformed, from a post-industrial district characterised by a polluted river and derelict buildings to a pleasant, vibrant and desirable settlement. Indeed, parts of Lasswade are now within a conservation area and anglers can be seen catching fish in the once heavily polluted river!

LDCS is committed to building on the hard work and successes of the society to ensure that Lasswade retains its distinctive tranquil and historic character for the benefit of both residents and visitors.

The LDCS committee meets approximately every 6 weeks and welcomes comments and contributions from members.

Members are welcome to be involved in various activities and events throughout the year including our annual party, an evening talk in the Autumn, litter-picks and community garden clean-ups in the Spring and Autumn and the annual general meeting which usually occurs in late April, and includes a talk over a glass of wine.

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