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Venue: Willowburn Woods, Leadburn, Scottish Borders

Date: Saturday April 27

Time: 10am- 4.30pm

Price: £20 ( £12 for Permaculture Association Members) 


Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Join Permaculture Educator James Chapman at Willowburn Woods for a day of learning how to design a practical learning programme for your project.


  • Find out how James curated his own educational offerings, including practical considerations for hosting students on site.
  • Learn how he has created a thriving learning network and how this supports him with the promotion of events and courses.
  • Take a project tour and learn how the site has been designed for people and nature to become a multifunctional and biodiverse habitat.
  • Explore how you can design your own project learning programme through gaining a clearer understanding of your capacity, resources and skills.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and plenty of opportunities to share and network with other participants.
  • This skillshare event will include some hands on practical activities, so bring your gloves and wellies and be prepared to get stuck in.

    Places are limited to 30 people, to ensure that all participants get their individual needs met. 

Meet your Host

James 'Non Stuff' Chapman is a certified Permaculture Educator and has been leading Permaculture Design Courses since 2011. His background in music, art and sustainability makes for a colourful, participatory and memorable learning experience. 

His courses are fun and relaxed, which allows time for the students to absorb the information and participate fully in an exchange of learning.

His design clients include Comrie Croft, Boreland farm, Whitmuir farm and Faldonside House. He has also completed extensive design work on his own 7 acre site including food systems, composting, tiny houses, cabins and woodland.

James Chapman

About Willowburn Woods 

Willowburn woods is a diverse 7 acre site with spruce, native trees and wetlands based in Leadburn in the Scottish Borders. 

James and his family have been managing it for the last 8 years to grow food, provide fuel and building materials, increase bio diversity and host courses. 

They aim to convert the 20 year old sitka spuce plantation into a productive hardwood coppice. 

On site you can find a self build small round-wood framed cabin, a bigger open woodshed and a polytunnel.



  • The site has accessible parking, quiet spaces and can accomodate service animals. However, we are are working woodland with grass paths, muddy areas, ditches and holes. The site is not suitable for anyone with poor mobility. 

  • The event will be approx 100m from the accessible parking. We have some wooden benches but will need people to bring camping chairs if possible. Please also bring Mugs, plates, spoons etc.   

  • James has extensive experience of working with people who do not speak English as a first language.  

  • Leadburn is approximately a 60 minute journey from Edinburgh on the bus.

  • We will send out a welcome email with more information about travel, what to bring with you and what to expect on the day after you have booked your place.