Soil Association Scotland

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Agroforestry Workshop: Practical design for your farm

Thursday 5 December, 9.30am–4.30pm

Birnam, Perthshire

Agroforestry has multiple benefits for farm businesses and nature, but it’s important to plant the right tree in the right place for the right reasons. Come to this practical design workshop to develop plans that you can take home and carry out.

  • Hear from advisor and designer Niels Corfield, who has 15 years’ experience supporting farmers to develop low maintenance, productive agroecological systems
  • Understand planting options, soil preparation, tree functions and management techniques
  • Learn how to integrate trees and grazing on your farm
  • Work in small groups using Field Margin (a free farm mapping tool) to develop your agroforestry designs
FREE and open to farmers, crofters and land managers who plan to plant trees.

Lunch is included. Spaces are limited.

To register interest please contact Clem Sandison. You will be asked to complete a short survey about your design project to help tailor the day to everyone’s needs.

For more information call Clem on 0131 370 8150.
05 Dec 2019 at 9:30am
until 05 Dec 2019 at 4:30pm

Field Lab: Plant Teams. Tools for small-scale grain processing

Beauly, Inverness-shire

Wednesday 6 November, 12.30–5.30pm

Join us for another special crofting meetingof our PlantTeams field lab, looking at growing multiple crops togetherfor better outcomes.

  • Visit outdoor learning centre The Shieling Project, where crofter Sam Harrison has been intercropping with a Uist seed mix, as well as a mixture of peas and oats.
  • See practical demonstrations of tools for separating, threshing, milling, and bruising grain. If you have any relevant tools please email Clem and bring them along!
  • Discuss how to design, build and share any hard-to-get tools, with expertise from Fergus Walker (CommonGood Food) who will demonstrate his bike-powered oat mill.
  • Get practical advice and share knowledge about intercropping with other crofters, Ali Karley from The James Hutton Institute’s DIVERSify project and Robin Walker from the ReMIX project at SRUC.
  • Try your hand at making sourdough bannocks using different Scottish grains with Clem Sandison (Soil Association Scotland) and Adam Veitch (Doughies, micro-bakery). Stay later to cook them (see below).
  • See the cows being milked at 5pm.
Free lunch and hot refreshments provided.

Booking is required. Book online.

For more information call Clem on 0131 370 8150 or email

Whynot stay over?

You’re invited to stay for the evening and help cook bannocks on the fire, share a delicious communal meal and watch a film. Accommodation is available in the six-person bothies on site. Total cost is £30 per person for evening meal, bunk bed and breakfast. To book for the night please contact:

Runby Soil Association Scotland with funding from the SRDP Knowledge Transfer andInnovation Fund (Scottish Government/European Union), with partner funding from Scottish Forestry, Innovative Farmers and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. This event is also supported by the James Hutton Institute, SRUC and The Gaia Foundation
06 Nov 2019 at 12:30pm
until 06 Nov 2019 at 5:30pm