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:
Securing council recognition of pathways and rights-of-way throughout the District.
Evidence to the Local Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order for Mavisbank and its policies.
Drainage work on the riverside path from Kevock to Polton and tree planting to stabilise eroded riverbanks.
Bulb planting on roadside verges, such as those in Melville Wood at the Wadingburn junction.
Establishment and maintenance of a community garden.
Installation of the Jubilee Footbridge crossing the North Esk River from Lasswade village to Lasswade park via the community garden.
A successful campaign to prevent the demolition of the old Lasswade School building
The maintenance of the right-of-way along the North Esk valley as an element of the proposed 44km Esk Valley Way from the Pentland Hills to the mouth of the river at Musselburgh.
Restoration work on the Braeheads path.
Securing a 20-mile an hour speed limit through the centre of Lasswade.
Initiatives to reduce litter and fly-tipping
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.