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.

Permaculture Scotland Gathering 2014
We are delighted to announce that the next Permaculture Scotland Gathering will take place at one of our new ScotLAND Centres – Urban Roots, in the South-East of Glasgow – on June 7th from 10am to midnight.
With workshops, kids activities, general meeting, networking, a pot luck lunch, meeting old friends and new, and a delicious local, organic evening meal put on by Urban Roots, it's going to be a great day! After some delicious Cairn o Mohr wine you'll be wanting a dance or a song, so our illustrious permaculture ceilidh band will delight your ears and your dancing shoes, and you can even take a turn on the stage too.

All the info is at

We are delighted to announce our first 5 ScotLAND Centres - Urban Roots in Glasgow, Garden Cottage in Berwickshire, Park Road in Midlothian, Kintyre Bioregion in Argyll and Tombreck nr Aberfeldy.

Congratulations also to our new ScotLAND Learners - Skye Permaculture, Tap O Noth Permaculture, Coig Cottage Garden, West Braes, Ardenbrae, Gartmorn Sunken Garden, and Campbeltown Loch Permaculture.

Information about each of these will be available soon on this website.

In 2012 the Permaculture Scotland Working Group successfully applied to Awards for All for £10,000 to initiate this exemplar permaculture network in Scotland. This fund has enabled us to train experienced permaculture designers in site assessment, work out application forms, guidebooks and other systems for Scottish projects to apply to become Learners and Centres, held some great events, and receive 14 applications to join the network.

We are still looking for a representative from Scotland to join the LAND Advisory Group, more details here -

The group are now working on further funding applications to support new Learners and will post more news when we know it. If you would like to join the network, please get in touch here (for category please select Permaculture Scotland)

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