Permaculture Scotland

3rd-5th June 2016
Coldstream, Scottish Borders
We are excited to be announcing our annual gathering, which will be held in the beautiful border town of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders in June. Home to the inspirational ScotLAND Centre of Garden Cottage - the oldest intentional Forest Garden in Britain, of which there will be tours. Click here for more info!
ScotLAND Tour

For the first time ever: a tour of permaculture ScotLAND projects took place in September 2015, directly after the International Permaculture Convergence in London. Participants toured from Berwick-upon-Tweed to various ScotLAND Centres and Learners - from the oldest intentional Forest Garden in Britain, to permaculture smallholdings, and the most famous ecovillage in the UK. To find out more please see:
ScotLAND Tour - more details


Permaculture Scotland Gathering 2015

30th May 2015 @ Tombreck, Perthshire

This year's gathering was an incredible success! For more information please see our pictures here. We are already squirelling away planning a gathering in 2016.



Volunteering Opportunities!
Would you like to give a little help to Permaculture Scotland? Check out our different volunteer opportunities, some are one-off jobs, some are more long-term commitments, check them out here

*NEW* Permaculture Scotland T-shirts
Check out these beautiful t-shirts!

We have them in 2 colours – green and black, two styles – men's and women's and a range of sizes from Small to XXL.

Yes please! I want one (or lots - great discounts available)

Green ScotLAND tshirtBlack ScotLAND Tshirt

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 7 ScotLAND Learners who are working their way towards becoming a Centre.  For more information about ScotLAND, click here.

You can see the whole map of LAND Centres and Learners here.

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.
Permaculture Scotland

We have 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.

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:


NonStuff Festival 2014

Wiston Lodge sits in an enchanted landscape at the top of the Clyde Valley just over the hill from the Borders. In mature woodlands with campsite and indoor accommodation plus a huge range of well-maintained rooms- this was a great venue for the first Non-Stuff festival.

NonStuff is the brainchild of permaculture teacher James Chapman, ably assisted by Elly Kinross, Tracey Hay and Douglas Mackay. With the addition of a great site crew - a clear vision and a sense of fun - a positive statement was made of what a non- materialistic society might look like.This included the carefully put together programme of fabulous acoustic music; singing; games from tiddlywinks to volleyball; workshops focusing on slow living, recycling, creative expression, all promoting a peaceful communion with nature; plus good food and the most talented and wholsesome company. The weekend was a great way to bring permaculture ideas to a ready audience in a non-intrusive way, and also allow hard working people of all ages and sizes a chance to meld, in continually changing circles and spaces. It was also an opportunity for growth for Permaculture Scotland, opening our minds and hearts to what a truly diverse and inclusive group of people bring to permaculture.

The doors were open to all, valuing not just the the inner cirlce but the edge; representing the diversity of our community and people. With the focus firmly on the expertise and creativity which we have in our midst, we hoped to encourage a remembering of our latent skills and joy for life.

NonStuff festival was permaculture in action, with a healthy emphasis on people care first, and the whole event built on a fair share ethos – which instinctually allowed an appreciation and respect for the earth & our natural surroundings, to blossom and grow.

The non-amplified event encouraged the sound of nature to envelope us in her beautiful rythms, with the drums and singing blending to the beat of all living creatures. Two hundred and fourty people came together, in community, over one long, blissful and sun-filled weekend, making the first ever NonStuff festival a huge success. Permaculture Scotland would like to make this the basis for their June convergence next year. Hands up volunteers who wish to help make it happen!

Some of the feedback already rolling in:
"Really nourished after the weekend of Non-Stuff festivities...

Brought a fantastic bunch of people together, and really worked for me on so many levels, especially the fact that it was all unamplified... Space to breathe."

"Thanks so much for a weekend that was an utter delight! From a punter's point of view, it felt effortless and effervescent - and what a fab bunch of folk that turned up. Thanks for all your hard work, and more power to your elbows... x"

"Thanks for such a fantastic and heart warming event! Great stuff"

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for organising the Non Stuff Festival - it was fantastic!"


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.