What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in meeting new like minded people, sharing and implementing new ideas, self-educating and finding ways to create a more sustainable future. We organise film screenings, discussion groups, workshops, community gardening sessions, upcycling workshops and whatever else the members are up to! We have also started the Permaculture Community Classroom (PCC), held every two weeks at Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC). The PCC is a project of participatory education meaning that the attendees decide what they want to learn, and how they want to learn it!

All welcome! This group was created to bring together environmental enthusiasts regardless of ethnic background, ability, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and family situation.

Upcoming events (4+)

Permaculture Open Classroom (Online & Open to All)

Online event

Come along and share your ideas, knowledge and questions about Permaculture. Tell us about any projects you're involved in or news of past or future events, and get advice and support from your fellow permies.

All welcome to join us wherever you are! Our Edinburgh(ish) permaculture community is surviving and thriving under lockdown.

Register to attend and you will get a link to a Zoom meeting.

Zoom Password: 7bQNf8

Interested in permaculture, but don't know how to get more hands-on? Put off by the cost and commitment of full design courses? Want to find a space to explore, share and learn about all different aspects of this weird thing 'permaculture'? The Permaculture Community Classroom is the answer to all of these! All you need is to come with an idea, a resource or a topic of discussion which you would like to share. If you don't have one, just come with an open mind and willingness to learn. Whatever comes up is what we will talk about and whoever is there are the right people. It also depends a lot on what came up in the previous session. These sessions are intended for discussion and learning, so debate and (friendly!) disagreement are encouraged. Some prior knowledge/experience of permaculture is great in order to delve deeper into the topics we come across, but all levels from ignorant to expert will be warmly welcomed. ------------------------ Why join us? Well, so far at The Permaculture Community Classroom we have collected a library of over 30 permaculture-relevant books and half a dozen DVDs, two full harddrives (2TBs!!!) of permaculture-relevant films, documents and pdf books and lots of enthusiastic, practical and smiley folk! And the resources just keep growing and growing, free for all to use of course. This event is free to attend. For more information, see our Facebook page or email edinculture@gmail.

Cycling classes (beginner and intermediate)

Interested in learning how to cycle or want to get on a bike but lack the confidence or ability?

Join our free cycling classes every Saturday at NKS, 7 Gillespie St, Edinburgh EH3 9NH:
Please register your interest to [masked]

The cycling classes are starting again tomorrow and every Saturday at NKS, 7 Gillespie St, Edinburgh EH3 9NH
10am for beginners
11:30am for Intermediates

ELREC is organising cycling classes which are FREE and OPEN to ALL. We provide bikes and run through exercises and fun games to learn cycling skills in a relaxed environment. The approach is progressive and fun. Feedback from participants has been fantastic so far. We also have access to an indoors space with tea and coffee for breaks. Children are welcome under adult supervision but the number of kids bikes is limited.

Beginners class happens in a safe environment (no cars) and consists in going over the basics:
-Mounting and dismounting
-Breaking and Stopping
– Steering
-Changing gears

Intermediate class happens both in a safe environment and in a residential area with low traffic. It consists of going over:
– More advanced games and exercises
– Coordination
– How to be safe on the road
– Signalling, positioning and turning
– Roundabouts
– etc.

Our aim is to help you go to a level where you can cycle safely on the road and to give you the SKILLS and CONFIDENCE to use your bike more often rather than your car!

If interested, please register your interest to [masked]

Hope to see you soon.


'Extinction: The Facts' film screening & discussion.

Augustine United Church

Come to watch and discuss David Attenborough's new release 'Extinction: The Facts' on Thursday 4th November, 6pm to 8pm.

Book now via: https://extinctionthefacts.eventbrite.co.uk

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrr78bsojDI

With a million species at risk of extinction, Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.

Extinction is now happening up to 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate, but the issue is about more than the loss of individual species. Everything in the natural world is connected in networks that support the whole of life on earth, including us, and we are losing many of the benefits that nature provides to us. The loss of insects is threatening the pollination of crops, while the loss of biodiversity in the soil also threatens plants growth. Plants underpin many of the things that we need, and yet one in four is now threatened with extinction.

Last year, a UN report identified the key drivers of biodiversity loss, including overfishing, climate change and pollution. But the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss is the destruction of natural habitats.

Seventy-five per cent of Earth's land surface (where not covered by ice) has been changed by humans, much of it for agriculture, and as consumers we may unwittingly be contributing towards the loss of species through what we buy in the supermarket.

Our destructive relationship with the natural world isn’t just putting the ecosystems that we rely on at risk. Human activities like the trade in animals and the destruction of habitats drive the emergence of diseases.
Disease ecologists believe that if we continue on this pathway, this year’s pandemic will not be a one-off event.

Book your tickets here: https://extinctionthefacts.eventbrite.co.uk
When: 6 pm, Thur 4th November
Where: Augustine United Church 41-43 George IV Bridge Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

Tickets: £3.00
Concessions: Free
Looking forward to welcoming you.

Community Garden - Grow your own weekly session in Drumbrae

Rannoch Community Centre

Dear All,

ELREC runs a community garden in Rannoch Community Centre. The garden is run by Rhona our dear expert community gardener. The idea is that anyone can come and learn skills and share their experience of food growing and put it into practice. It is open to everyone. You can come once or you can come every week - up to you. It's a friendly social space for people to grow food and enjoy being outside.

The produce grown is shared among participants.

Every Friday morning at 9:30 at the Rannoch Community Centre, 6 Rannoch Terrace, EH4 7ER. Tel:[masked]

You can just turn up at the centre through the main door and Rhona will be there to welcome you.

Many thanks.


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