Permaculture Scotland

Permaculture Scotland
Since the beginning of 2010 there has been an evolving team of people successfully working on furthering Permaculture in Scotland following this mission statement:

“To support the beneficial transformation and development of environments, communities and individuals towards a resilient and sustainable Scotland.”

This work is ongoing and we appreciate all the help and support from individuals, projects, funders, the Permaculture Association and anyone reading this. Thank you.


Non-Stuff Festival: 12-15th September 2014

Nonstuff Festival

Permaculture Scotland are partners with the Non-Stuff Festival. 

This first ever NonStuff festival,  supported by Permaculture Scotland will be held at Wiston Lodge, Scotland, and is the brainchild of permaculture designer, musician, mobile sauna owner and social artist James Chapman.
The festival is a collaborative event, with partners; supporters; like-minded people; gathering together and celebrating music, art, community, nature, family, creativity, diversity & skill sharing. The ethos  being 'Do It Together'
Tickets available @ Brown Paper Tickets
Day tickets, weekend passes and family deals available:
What's on offer?
  • Permaculture workshops; from Introduction sessions to more specialist subjects, we will bring together the finest permaculture teachers in Scotland, and further afield. There will be hands-on practical workshops, theoretical sessions and there will also be lots of interactive discussions and time for questions.
  • Creative Workshops including art, dance, crafts, singing, music, drumming, up-cycling and many other wild and wonderful extensions of creative expression.
  • Children's activities from storytelling, arts & crafts to family yoga sessions
  • Unamplified Performances of all varieties (no Sound Systems, just direct from the sound source to your ears as nature intended.)
  • Games - Volley Ball competition, Tiddlywinks sessions, Table tennis and lots of other games
  • A coming together of some pretty amazing and wildly creative folk, who appeared as if by magic - from the empty space around us and offered to share their experience, talent & knowledge. 
We invite you to join with us in the creativeness, and then go on to make your own magic.                                     
Event Details
When: 6pm Fri Sept 12th – 10am Mon Sept 15th, 2014
Where : Wiston Lodge, Wiston, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6HT 
More info : 07790 265883
Cost (camping included in prices) : 
Ticket prices adults £85/£55
children £35/£20
family £220/£145
Beds are available for £30 extra for the weekend.
Day tickets also available £12/£40
There are only 350 tickets available.
Promotional video :

NonStuff Festival with Permaculture Scotland

Wiston Lodge Scotland 

Permaculture Scotland Gathering 2014


The gathering in June at one of our new ScotLAND Centres – Urban Roots, in the South-East of Glasgow was fantastic! With workshops, kids activities, general meeting, networking, a pot luck lunch, meeting old friends and new, and an incredibly delicious local, organic evening meal put on by Urban Roots, and a ceilidh with dancing til midnight, a fantastic time was had by all!
ScotLAND is a Scotland-wide network supporting and creating permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centres. The aim of ScotLAND is to demonstrate practical examples of land-based permaculture design in various different places, micro-climates, and cultures throughout Scotland. These will include both urban and rural home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms. 
So far we have a wonderful 7 ScotLAND Centres, and 5 ScotLAND Learners who are working their way towards becoming a Centre.  For more information about ScotLAND, please go to: 
You can see the whole map of LAND Centres and Learners at:
We are organising a ScotLAND tour after the International Permaculture Convergence in London in September 2015, please contact us: scotland@ to find out more. 
Staying in Touch
To keep in touch, offer help or for information email us via the Contact form on this website.

To find us on Facebook go to our info page at, and go to our group at

We also encourage you to join our yahoo group:



June 2013 Update - Scotland Convergence: A Festival in the Year of Natural Scotland

It's over a week now since the Scotland Convergence: A Festival in the Year of Natural Scotland, but we're still buzzing after such an amazing event.

The Convergence took place over 14-16th June this year within the beautiful setting of Comrie Croft, Perthshire. Attendees were treated to two days of workshops, practical activities, kids activities, sauna, music, dance and great craic!

Lusi Alderslowe, Coordinator of the event, says: "It was a fantastic event, many times I found myself looking around at the sea of faces all deeply engaged in conversations which looked fun and interesting, feeling the buzz and enjoying the craic. I met many old friends and made new ones - permaculture people are generally very open and generous.

Whilst I was having a conversation with someone, I spotted an interesting t-shirt and was just puzzling over it when the wearer said "Would you like one? I've brought 2 so I can give one away." How could I resist an 'Urban Eco Steward' t-shirt from Pittsberg USA?

The huge number of brilliant donations to the raffle and auction were overwhelming, all demonstrating the permaculture moto of 'create your own abundance'. And there was an abundance of lovely people learning, inspiring, creating, learning, sharing, making and doing permaculture in action.

Thank you to all the many people who helped make this event amazing - The coordinators, crew, caterers, ceilidh band, staff, kids crew, programme designer, printer, workshop leaders, Comrie Croft, MC & performers on Sat night, and of course all the wonderful participants without whom it wouldn't have been the amazingly inspirational event that it was. Huge thanks to all.

We have had so much positive feedback from posts and emails coming in after the event, it's quite overwhelming and even making me wonder whether to do it again next year?"

Watch this space...

July 2012 Update

After the Scotland General Meeting in March, the Permaculture Scotland
Management Group have been working hard at different aspects of
progressing permaculture in Scotland.

The Big Tent Festival 2012
Permaculture Scotland will host a display/stall over the weekend of
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, from 10-5pm. Come and find us in
the Transition Scotland tent. Come along and say hi, find out about
some inspiring projects and join in some of these workshops

Permaculture Practicals - family friendly fun making "New Things Fae
Old Things"... With Luci Ransome, 11.30-12.30pm Saturday and Sunday,
Transition Scotland Tent

Introduction to Permaculture - The What, Why and How... With Lusi
Alderslowe, 2-3pm Saturday and Sunday, Transition Scotland Tent

Also Alan Carter will be hosting a Forest Garden display which I'm
excited about seeing as I'm sure will be informative and

There will be a very lovely and sympathetic group of people holding
Permaculture over the weekend, so please do come along and look out
for us to say hello and check out our latest courses, leaflets and
other information. Also, if you feel you can talk about permaculture
and have an hour to spare over the weekend to man the stall, feel free
to offer your services.

Scotland Convergence 2013
The date and venue have been set for the next Scotland gathering,
which will be bigger and better than previous ones (but still small
and intimate enough for you to meet everyone), so get this in your

JUNE: Friday 14th to Sunday 16th at Comrie Croft in Perthshire.

Watch this space as we'll be making a shout-out for crew and other
helpers as time goes by towards this exciting event. Look forward to
seeing you there!

Ruby is working away at making this site more specific to Scotland
with new functionality. So you have any great photographs of
permaculture in action in Scotland? If so, please get in touch and we
could put them onto this site.

ScotLAND Project: Learning and Network Demonstration
See the January update for information about this exciting new
project. We have applied for funding for this project and are awaiting
their decision. Fingers crossed for good news in August.

There is still time for you to get involved, so if you are interested,
please fill in the questionnaire at

January 2012 Update

To meet a groundswell of interest in permaculture here, in 2010 Permaculture Scotland was formed as a working group of the Permaculture Association Britain. Excited by the development of a LAND (permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration) project in England (which currently has England-only lottery funding) we would love to develop a ScotLAND network here.

ScotLAND is proposed to be a Scotland-wide project to create a permaculture Learning And Demonstration Network supported by online services and information. Building on twenty-five years of excellent work by local practitioners, demonstration projects will include permaculture designed home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms. ScotLAND aims to:

  • support and link new and existing projects through one-to-one support, regional training and skill sharing events;
  • raise awareness of permaculture, and projects involved in it, in Scotland;
  • create case studies and online services such as a new directory with volunteer opportunities and an offers and requests system to allow sharing of materials, tools and skills;
  • support local practitioners to engage new people in food growing and permaculture;
  • support people who are new to permaculture to visit established LAND centres to learn about best practice;


If you are based in Scotland and interested in permaculture, please complete a short questionnaire by clicking on this link:

Other things that the Permaculture Scotland Management Group are currently working on include:

  • Organising the next Permaculture Scotland General Meeting – SEE THE UPDATE BELOW FOR DETAILS
  • Networking permaculture teachers in Scotland
  • Establishing a Facebook page to link permaculture people and ideas. Watch this site for more information as it becomes available.

2011 was a great year for Full Permaculture Design Courses in Scotland, with their having been courses held in Nairn, Montrose, Kilmartin and Comrie, as well as lots of short courses and introductions – in 2012 there will be courses in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Forres, Galloway, and Argyll - see the “Courses” page of this site for more info. Fantastic news for all as more people become trained in generating sustainable solutions.

Local Permaculture Groups have been established in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and most recently Glasgow, as well as the longer-running Argyll Permaculture Bees. All great news so we can keep up our knowledge and enthusiasm whilst getting tasks done, and/or skills shared. Let us know if you are establishing a new group in your local area, or would like to join an existing one.

The scottishpermaculture yahoo group has been a great place this year to check out all sorts of discussions on anything from 'What to do about New Zealand flatworms?” to “How should I best regenerate my soil?” as well as postings of relevant courses and events. To join this group go to this website:
and click the 'Join this Group' button at the top of the page.

Permaculture Scotland General Meeting

We're very happy to announce the next Permaculture Scotland meeting -
we've got a packed day full of workshops, seed swaps, kids workshops,
presentations and news. Please note the change of Venue!! It's right
next to Waverley Station.

You can chance turning up on the day, but places are limited - so we
recommend booking via our eventbrite page.

Anyone with a fear of the internet can book by phoning James - 07790

Venue : Old St Pauls Church Hall, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH (see attached map)
Date : March 24, 2012
Time : 10am - 5pm
Price : £5 suggested donation on the door
Food : Please bring a dish to share

We're trying to link folk with spare beds, sofas and floors in Edinburgh with people requiring accommodation. Anyone who can provide OR requires accommodation should contact Jenny -

There will be a general movement towards a pub in the evening.

Please spread the word, circulate the e-flyer and percolate the map.

See you soon....

James and Jenny