Wandershiell (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Smallholding and juice business.

About the project

Growing fruits, making juice and developing community links

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2019
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Anne Thomson
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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0

Willowburn Lea (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Buildings, garden and woodland.

About the project

A 7 acre diverse site with homestead, Sitka spruce plantation under renovation and bogland.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2019
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact details: 
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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0

Barmolloch Cottages (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Sustainability within a smallholding offering horticulture, small course venue and holistic therapies.

About the project

Barmolloch Cottages is a scenic farm offering cottages with accommodation for 18, on-site biodynamic gardening, health and wellbeing opportunities and a bespoke Barn course venue.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2019
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Helen and Stewart Wright
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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0

Talamh Life Centre & Housing Co-operative (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Ecological living community and environmental education centre.

About the project

We are a 25 year old housing cooperative who manage our 50acres of land from an ecological perspective. We have woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and gardens. We regularly host workshops, events and volunteers.

We are also connected to the Talamh Life Centre.

 

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1993
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Abi Mordin
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
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0
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0

Tangleha Artists Collective (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Tangleha Artists' Collective specialise in hosting and facilitating courses and events; we also have a large collection of perennial edible plants growing in our surrounding food forest.

About the project

We are situated right by the sea in a small hamlet, Tangleha, in Tangleha House. Here we have a large open studio space, quest accommodation and a small forest garden.

Since 2009 we have been renovating the house to make it more energy efficient and we are also establishing food forests in the adjoining land. We have an edible plant nursery, supplying gardens and unfarmed land in the surrounding local area. This is added to with all profits from the Collective being used to purchase more edible perennial plants.

We host courses and regularly accept volunteers to stay with us and help out with our Permaculture design and implementation. We have also established an outdoor education business, Embark Nature School, which we run from a local woodland that we help to maintain and from a beach on the local St Cyrus National Nature Reserve.

We also organise events from green woodworking and skill shares to permaculture design and eco-building. We participate in the development of different projects around the U.K. and Europe, including music festivals, farms, gardens, nature reserves and buildings.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 2010
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
30
Areas of Activity: 
Building retrofit
About area of activity: 
The eco renovation of a large draughty house built in the mid 80s. And addition of many more types of plants to the surrounding area.
Permaculture Details: 
We try to use recycled, reclaimed or natural materials wherever possible creating unique and innovative spaces. We catch and store energy by building thermal mass rocket stoves and insulation. We make use of the edge between land and sea by harvesting seaweed and materials washed up by the sea. We try to incorporate bi products from construction into future works, creating no waste. Socially we encourage learning and often train volunteers through our work.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Caspar Lampkin
Telephone number: 
07749 265 330
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
International Networking Information: 
We host volunteers for all over the world, please contact us if you are interested to help out.
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
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0

Grass Roots Remedies Co-operative (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Grass Roots Remedies Co-op is a Workers’ Co-operative based in Edinburgh, working to rekindle our rich tradition of herbal community healthcare and promote ecologically responsible herbalism.

About the project

We are an Edinburgh based herbal medicine workers’ co-operative whose central philosophy is that herbal medicine is the medicine of the people and should be accessible to everyone, and practised in an ecologically responsible way. We offer a series of practical courses and workshops, run the low cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Medicine Clinic, a private clinic in Granton, the Blackford Glen Medicine Garden, and produce simple resources to enable folks to practice herbalism at home.
Since 2015 we have been running a community wide project in Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh - we run a weekly herbal clinic in an integrated NHS & Edinburgh Council Health Centre, and alongside the clinic offer free workshops on foraging, herb growing & medicine making. From spring 2018 we have been running our Communitea project - a multi-site satellite approach to growing medicinal herbs on a community scale to be turned into herbal tea blends for distribution across the neighbourhood.
We are aiming to 'close the circle' with our medicine  - produce the medicine in the community for use by the community. Our work hopes to be an example of social & ecological permaculture principles in action on a community scale.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 2015
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
3
About area of activity: 
Read Grassroots Remedies' first blog post here - https://scotland.permaculture.org.uk/articles/introducing-grass-roots-remedies-co-operative-closing-circle-local-medicine-local-people
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters' Way
Telephone number: 
07724 361 24
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0

Woodside Arran (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Woodside Farm is a gorgeous small farm in Kildonan on the Isle of Arran. Facing directly south on a clear day we can see three beautiful islands, the Ayrshire coast, Mull of Kintyre and even Ireland. There is a mixed conifer and hardwood woodland full of bluebells and wild garlic, a large pond with adjoining streams and our developing market garden. Our aims at the farm are simple we would like to establish a diverse local food network for the Island of Arran that encompasses organic growing techniques, permaculture design principles and regenerative agricultural practises.

About the project

Read Woodside Arran's first blog entry here.

Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Jenny MacDonald
Telephone number: 
01770820361
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
0
Data transfer from previous site
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0
Location verified: 
0

Comrie Croft (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Comrie Croft is a community of ecotourism and land-based people and enterprises set at the foot of a mountain on the edge of the southern highlands. Enterprises include: A venue for weddings and events; farmstead accommodation (74 beds); a market garden; farm shop; cafe; bike trails, hire and shop; and a camping and glamping site. Our mission is to demonstrate that with the application of permaculture principles, entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration, rural places can be vibrant healthy places for people and nature. Ultimately we want to see permaculture design principles become mainstream.

About the project

The ideas behind Comrie Croft were inspired by a hand drawn map from the 1700s showing up to 12 households living on and working the land. By the early 1990s the farm could no longer support one family and it looked like it would be amalgamated into a larger land holding and the buildings converted into executive housing.

But why should the story of rural areas be one of constant decline? We believe that rural areas can and should be resilient, vibrant places with abundant nature, where everyone can live well within an equitable share of the earth's resources. This is what we are attempting to demonstrate at Comrie Croft.

The Croft is set up as a private company co-owned by 50 employees, local people, friends and family. It was established in 2008 to buy out the previous land owner and pursue the new vision. Finance was raised through the co-owners and a large bank loan from Triodos Bank, who have supported the project from the outset.

Some of the enterprises at the Croft are independently owned and managed - Tomnah'a Market Garden and the Tea Garden at Comrie Croft being the most notable. Tomnah'a (est. 2016) operates on a Community Supported Agriculture model, leasing a 3 ha field within from which they grow a wide range of fruit, veg and flowers. Sales are made direct to local people through a veg-box scheme, flower club, local markets/food assembly and weddings. Produce is also sold wholesale to the onsite farmshop, cafe and local chefs/restaurants. The Tea Garden Cafe serves a range of homemade and 'field to fork' salads, soups, cakes and other goodies.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
May, 2008
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
30
Number of people text: 
Approximately 20 people (Full Time Equivalent) work within Comrie Croft Ltd, with another 10 (FTE) working within the independent enterprises and volunteering. Visitors through the Croft are estimated at 40,000 annually.
About area of activity: 
As a place for living, work and recreation, Comrie Croft is involved to varying degrees in virtually all areas of permaculture activity. The focus over the first 10 years has been on enterprise and making the place financially self-sufficient. Now, the focus is shifting to include a small 'eco-village' designed to demonstrate good practice and serve the needs of the local community in terms of affordable rural housing.
Permaculture Details: 
Many different areas of permaculture activity can be seen including renewable energy (electricity generation and storage, mini-district biomass heating system), food production, buildings construction (e.g. an off-grid turf-roofed vermiculture toilet block), habitat creation and re-wilding of large parts of the land-holding, and others. As important as individual elements are the symbiotic connections between them, one example of which is the re-use of card-board bike boxes from the bike shop, for use as a mulch on the market garden.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Andrew Donaldson
Telephone number: 
01764670140
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
International Networking Information: 
Members of The Long Run Initiative.
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
1

The Lions Gate (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Interactive permaculture gardens and outdoor labs.

About the project
The Lions Gate is a new urban permaculture project initiated and supported by the School of Computing and the Estates Department of Edinburgh Napier University at Merchiston Campus. The project has been set up to explore how permaculture and digital interaction, can be blended in ways that:
 
  • foster reflection on the interconnectedness of healthy eco-systems
  • generate research into humankind’s relationship with nature
  • through natural philosophical narratives linking technology and nature, and via an ancient-futures perspective (Norberg-Hodge) - develop inspiring, playful, empirical, sustainable actions and experiences that benefit mind, body and the environment.
 
Still in it's early stages The Lions Gate is developing the following:
 
a rooftop kitchen allotment
a digital bothy
an orchard
a food forest
ponds
sensory garden
social spaces
performance spaces
off-grid digital systems
renewables systems
circular economies
augmented reality interpretations of permaculture
accessible pathways
and much more
 
We've developed a volunteer policy and are ready to welcome participants.
 
We're also keen to seek research projects from diverse fields and make connections with projects from around the world.
 
At present we work on Mondays and Thursdays but as the days lengthen other times to get involved will be offered.
Project Dates
Project start date: 
October, 2016
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
15
Number of people text: 
We've been working with volunteers, undergraduate and masters students, local businesses, groups and charities. We're also supported by the university's mind, body and environment committee. We're always looking to integrate people where we can.
Areas of Activity: 
Low impact development
About area of activity: 
We intend to look at all areas of activity; building, water harvesting, growing, renewables, digital, social systems etc.
Permaculture Details: 
We use permaculture principles and ethics to guide the development of all components of the gardens.
Online links
Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Callum Egan
Telephone number: 
07729333151
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0

Netherton Farm (ScotLAND Learner)

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Learner
Supported Project
PPN: 
1
Summary

Permaculture smallholding.

About the project

To demonstrate sustainable and productive agricultural site using permaculture to maximise the yield both in terms of production but also as an aesthtically pleasing, calm place to be.

Read Netherton Farm's first blog post here.

Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Chris Fletcher
Telephone number: 
07723 916438
International
International Networking Organisation: 
1
Project membership
Member Project: 
1
Data transfer from previous site
Data verified: 
0
Location verified: 
0