What is it?
ScotLAND is the national network of permaculture Learning, Activity, Network & Demonstration (LAND) Centres. The aim of ScotLAND is to demonstrate practical examples of permaculture design in various different contexts, micro-climates, and cultures throughout Scotland. These include urban and rural home gardens, community gardens, public spaces, allotments, smallholdings and farms.
It is easy to join the network - you're only one quick click away! Many projects are eligible to join as LAND Learners, the tier for those who are still developing their project, so give it a shot.
With our support, you can become a LAND Centre in no time. Centres meet the criteria set out by our membership of integrating permaculture to a well-developed standard, as well as being safe and enjoyable places to visit. They are also the best places we can think to visit if you are looking to learn more about permaculture, either on a course or as a volunteer.
If a project doesn't meet Learner criteria, they can join as a LAND Member to stay in the loop with the wider network. Each category - Centre, Learner and Member - receive different levels of support from the ScotLAND core team, each according to their needs.
Who can apply?
Anyone who lives in Scotland who is involved with a permaculture project, is dedicated to engaging the public and is committed to improving the quality and quantity of permaculture design work on show in Scotland. If you have a project which you would like to be either a ScotLAND Centre or a Learner please read The Guide, and if you think you are ready to apply please fill in the application form.
If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact Finn at scotlandworker[at]permaculture.org.uk.
It's an amazing opportunity for all people who are practising permaculture in Scotland to have recognition for their great work, to link them up with similar projects, to advertise them on our website, and to attract more visitors and volunteers. ScotLAND Centres are internationally recognisable sites of permaculture activity, and groups have been known to travel from abroad in order to see with their own eyes the brilliant work on the ground!
The network is also there to make permaculture more accessible for the wider population; permaculture is so much easier explained when you can see it in action. The Centres in our network are excellent points of contact for anyone in Scotland who wants to learn more about permaculture, whether you live here are are jut visiting. Visiting a ScotLAND Centres is an inspiring experience for people, projects, communities, and of course Scotland too.
How is it different to the LAND Network in England?
You may already know about the Permaculture Association's LAND network in England, on which ScotLAND is based. We have adapted this model to our people and our land.
There is very little difference, apart from the funding which is available to keep each project running. Applicants to the ScotLAND network are supported exclusively by Scotland-based Tutors; however, the LAND Advisory Group (the board which gives the final say on Centre accreditation) is made up of volunteers from England, Scotland and Wales.
ScotLAND is currently the only LAND Network with funded support to help expand the network and arrange group visits.
Who can get involved?
The ScotLAND team is always looking for more volunteers to help with its activities. There is currently one paid worker funded for one day a week and a small group of volunteers helping to manage the whole network. We are always happy to receive more passionate souls who want to help us out: if you have skills in networking, creating online content or writing grant funding applications we particularly want to hear from you!
If you are interested in joining the network, please look through The Guide below, send in an Application Form and then send us a signed copy of the Agreement: