Permaculture Scotland AGM & Elections

There Permaculture Scotland Annual General Meeting will be held at 10:30am on Sunday the 2nd of July at our gathering at The Hidden Mill in Dumfries (see here for information on the gathering)


Standing for election

If you wish to join the working group we would love to hear from you, please have a read of this page to find out what we need help with. Please note that, as we now have a sociocratic structure, newly elected members must join a sub circle of the working group and can be elected to the general circle as a representative of that circle or an operations leader.

The names and statements of those standing for election to the working group can be viewed below, further names may be added until the 26th of June. If you wish to stand please email us a statement to be published here by 5pm on the 23rd of June.




There will be a paper ballot if more than 9 people are standing, or if objections to those standing are recieved. If you have an objection to any of those standing please email us stating the reason for your objection, this will be read out anonymously at the SGM.

To vote in the election you must:
1. Be a member of the Permaculture Association
2. Live or Work in Scotland

If you cannot be present in person you may vote by email, post or proxy, if you wish to vote by email or post, or to nominate a proxy please contact us.


People Standing for election

Graham Bell Graham Bell is the longest standing member of the Permaculture Association in Scotland.  His (and Nancy’s) garden is a legendary source of inspiration for about a thousand visitors a year.  He is only standing again because he believes his guiding hand may be of use  to those in the community from which he seeks a new generation of willing participants.;  He’ll be disappointed if he has to come back next year.
Lesley Anderson Lesley Anderson has been involved in the working group since May 2013 undertaking admin tasks, arranging meetings and this year helping organise the gathering.
Lusi Alderslowe

I'd like to stand again for the Permaculture Scotland Working Group. I have been volunteering for Permaculture Scotland since 2010. I helped to organise the Dunblane gathering (2010), the Glasgow gathering (2011), the Comrie Croft Festival (2013), the Urban Roots gathering (2014), the Tombreck Gathering (2015) and this one (2017). I have successfully applied for funding for the ScotLAND network and co-coordinated the initial project in 2012-13, and continue to be the main PSWG contact for the outreach worker it to date.

I am a permaculture teacher, diploma tutor, ScotLAND Assessor, Forest School leader, and busy mother of 2. I've been teaching permaculture since I started my diploma in 2007, which I finished in January 2010. I work with lots of different groups, and love a every new challenge. Passionate about mainstreaming permaculture education, I currently work for the Permaculture Association as Coordinator of the Children in Permaculture European partnership; other projects include Forest School sessions; gardening in Gatehouse School; teaching the Permaculture Design Course (PDC); diploma tutoring and more!

In 2017-18 I would like to progress the ScotLAND project having successfully raised funds for phase 2 from 3 different funders in 2015-16, continue to work on children's education in Scotland, and continue to inspire more people to care for the earth, care for each other and future generations, and live within the earth's natural limits.


Lorraine Ishak

Lorraine comes from a background of health care but now runs an ecological small holding in the wilds of south West Scotland. She practices permaculture and is hosting this year's permaculture Scotland gathering.