After three weeks in Glasgow under the rain, I headed towards Tombreck, my very last stop before the Scottish Permaculture Gathering (the end of my journey)!

As you may remember, my last article on the Concrete Garden, an urban permaculture project, argued for a stronger standpoint on the subject of land and public space.

Wed 06 Sep 2017

I was very excited when I arrived to Tap O’Noth Farm, in Aberdeenshire, after a short trip from the Black Isle. James Reid’s project was the first permaculture farm I was visiting. That is to say, it was the first project where food was grown using permaculture principles, not merely to meet some level of self-sufficiency but also to be sold in his community.

After some years travelling in Australia, Portugal and Scotland, James found land at the bottom of Tap O’Noth hill five years ago. He first used the land as a permaculture demonstration site, affiliating himself with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, and later with the Permaculture Association when he became a ScotLAND centre. He hosted a Permaculture Design Course, and started a bigger garden in order to feed the students.

Wed 12 Jul 2017

This year's Gathering was a beautiful co-created event and a demonstration of some brilliant Permaculture skills and solutions. The event was attended by well over 200 people, including many locals and people who had never beed to a Gathering before. Thank you to everyone who was there and part of making it such a fantastic weekend!

Mon 10 Jul 2017

The Scottish Farm Land Trust aims to increase access to land for small-scale, ecological agriculture by purchasing land to be held in trust and rented fairly to new entrants and young people.

If there was just one thing to take away from meeting the SFLT it was this - watch this space.

Mon 26 Jun 2017

After exploring the south of Scotland, from the East side to the West, I arrived to the Black Isle, a few miles away from Inverness, in the middle of the Highlands.

There, I met my new hosts Clive and Julie, a couple from London who had decided after almost two years of wwoofing in Northern Europe and in the UK to start a permaculture project of their own.

They bought a house with about 2.5 acres of land and woodland in August 2015, and since then have been working hard, designing and gardening. They were hosting a workshop over the weekend, so we spent the first couple of days after my arrival building the structure for a big hugelbed, that would be filled by the participants with wood, compost, cardboards and leaves.

Wed 07 Jun 2017

There Permaculture Scotland Annual General Meeting will be held at 1030am on Sunday the 2nd of July

Sat 03 Jun 2017

My name is Julie, and I am currently travelling in Scotland, visiting different permaculture projects in various places as part of a research project on the interactions between principles, values, and concrete practices in permaculture. I plan on visiting six or seven projects before the end of June, and to write a blog article on each of them, to tell you more about my experience, and to highlight some of my key findings and/or thoughts on different subjects. It is meant to be personal, and you may disagree with some of my opinions – I am looking forward to receiving feedback!

Mon 08 May 2017

My name is Julie, I am currently travelling in Scotland, visiting different permaculture projects in various places. This is part of a research project on the interactions between principles, values, and concrete practices in permaculture.

I plan on visiting six or seven projects before the end of June, and to write a blog article on each of them, to tell you more about my experience, and to highlight some of my key findings and/or thoughts on different subjects. It is meant to be personal, and you may disagree with some of my opinions – I am looking forward to having feedback!

My first stop in this journey was at Graham Bell’s Red Shed – where better to start my research than by visiting the oldest intentional forest garden in the UK?

Tue 11 Apr 2017

In April I will be starting a new, exciting project for the Permaculture Association in Scotland, investigating the relationship between permaculture activists’ worldviews and practices, as well as their own journey into permaculture. I am therefore looking for people among the ScotLAND network interested in this project and who would like to be interviewed. It would be more than ideal for me if I could be hosted in some of the ScotLAND centres for a week or two, helping in the garden and doing interviews.

Tue 14 Mar 2017