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Permaculture and sustainable education

One-day Intro to Permaculture taster

Saturday 27 October 2018, 10am – 4pm. Ravenscraig Walled Garden, Kirkcaldy.

It’s good to be back in Fife for this one-day Introduction to Permaculture taster with Greener Kirkcaldy. We’ll be based in the lovely Ravenscraig Walled Garden. The course will cover principles and ethics, some design methods, and examples of how Permaculture can be applied to land design as well as in social contexts.

Read more on the Greener Kirkcaldy site here.

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Edinburgh PDC 2019

We’re open for bookings for the 2019 full Permaculture Design Course.
You can find the course details, dates, fees and booking information on our website here.

In line with the NonStuff social ethos, course fees are on a sliding scale of £270 – £750. The aim is to make permaculture education as widely accessible as possible.

We also offer a Friends Discount: encourage a friend to sign up with you, get 10% off your course fees.

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Workshops and courses in Leith

We’re really pleased to be working with the Croft Carbon College, a new community education initiative in Leith. Take a look at the courses, workshops and events on offer, and learn a new green skill! NonStuff courses include:

Make your own botanical cosmetics – course full 
Introduction to Permaculture – 8 & 9 September
Composting made easy – 12 September
Make your own cleaning products – 15 September

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Forest gardening course – open for bookings

Forest Gardening  (15 – 16 September 2018)

This 2-day course is now open for booking!

Forest gardening is an increasingly popular approach to growing food sustainably and efficiently through making use of the beneficial relationships of a natural healthy ecosystem, maximising the use of the garden’s vertical dimension, and increasing the range of perennial food plants to fill all available niches.

Read more here.

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New course open for bookings

Bookings are now open for the 2-day Introduction to Permaculture course. Go to the Courses page for more information and to book.

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Of snow and compost

The 2018 Permaculture Design Course began on a crisp, chill morning at the end of January. The venue – Bridgend Farmhouse in the south of Edinburgh – looked especially fine in the snow.


The cold outside didn’t stop the creativity indoors.

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The 2nd module – the February weekend – was a chance for practical work with compost. As well as working on the existing bays, the group helped with building the new hot compost box. The box is based on James’ design for the composting system at Leith Community Croft.  The highly insulated walls and lid lock in the heat: temperatures should reach at least 65°C. Bridgend Farmhouse will be able to compost all their organic waste (including veg scraps from the community cafe), and should have good, rough compost after 6 weeks.


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Course feedback scores

For the last few years I’ve been asking students to rate their course out of 10 .

Here’s how I’ve been doing:

Edinburgh Permaculture Design Course 2016 : Average feedback score    9.6 / 10


Edinburgh Permaculture Design Course 2017 : Average feedback score    9.2 / 10  DSC_0625

Comrie Permaculture Design course  2017 : Average feedback score 9.1 / 10










Comrie permaculture course photos

We had a a great residential Permaculture Design Course at Comrie Croft.

A big thanks to Sam and Judith at Tomnah’a, Sue and Tober at Tombreck, Apple Tree Man and everyone at Comrie Croft.


I got some great feedback from the participants with an average score for the whole course of


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