Category Archives: Courses

Orchard Workshops: Songs for the earth: Monday, 28th July

Songs for the earth with Jane Lewis

Monday, 28th July 7-9pm

£6/2 concessions
Venue: Donkeyfield Community Orchard, Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Come and learn some simple harmony songs  around the bonfire and amongst the fruit trees in Donkeyfield Community Orchard. All songs will be taught by ear. All welcome!

Please book by July 21st. Contact Eve: eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Orchard Workshops: Learn to make a Pea cone: Sunday, 29th June

The first in a short series of


Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Pea cone workshop with Anna Leibmann

Sunday, 29th June 11-3pm, £30 (there are a few concessionary places, please contact us for details)

Learn to make a beautiful willow pea cone to support your peas, or other climbing plants. All materials provided, but bring your own lunch.

Please book by June 22nd. Contact Eve:
eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Wassail singing workshop

There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional and some new wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00-9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5 per person to raise money for the orchard.  All welcome – songs will be taught by ear so no singing experience or ability to read music required.  Children and young people welcome providing they are able to concentrate and join in. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening, Bridgend Allotments, Edinburgh

This introductory course will give you a grounding in all you need to know to start growing your own food. Sundays over 8 weeks (25 March – 13 May), or over two full days (10 and 17 June). £60/45. Contact Chris 0131 664 9559 or chrism [dot] bgc [at] gmail [dot] com.

Getting Scotland Self-building

The Scottish Self-build Forum are hosting a one-day workshop on how to increase the number of people building their own home, on Wednesday 21st September. The day will explore the opportunities for a more accessible self build sector throughout Scotland, to help boost local economies and provide better, more affordable (and we hope more carbon neutral!) homes. The event is free for up to two delegates per organisation. More information is available here.

Setting up and Sustaining a Community Garden, Dundee, 18th May

This event is organized by Urban Roots, a community led environmental charity. The programme for the day will depend on participants’ needs – have your say on the Booking Form when you reserve a place.

Booking forms can be downloaded at For further information please contact Naomi Knights, tel: 0131 623 7058 or email: naomi [at] farmgarden [dot] org [dot] uk


An Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening

Bridgend Growing Communities

Interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables? Not sure where to begin? This introductory course at the Bridgend Allotments will give you a grounding in all you need to know to start growing your own food. Continue reading

Sustainability courses for communities and organisations

Changeworks has just released 26 new dates for 14 different training courses that can help communities and organisations become more sustainable.

They range from practical techniques such as Communicating Climate Change, to technical issues such as an Introduction to Hard to Treat Homes. Take a look at the Changeworks website for a full list of courses and dates.

Courses cost from £99 + VAT, but if you apply for support from Skills Development Scotland or the Low Carbon Skills Fund, you can get 50% refunded (see below). Please note that the deadline for both funds is 31 March 2011.

1. Flexible Training Opportunities funding from Skills Development Scotland

This funding gives organisations with under 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there’s no need to pay it back. SDS will refund 50% of the cost of up to 10 training courses with a maximum value of £500 per course. And it’s flexible, so 10 employees can do one course each, or one employee can do 10 courses, with any combination in between.

Click here to find out more. For advice on how to apply, call free on 0800 783 6000

2. Low Carbon Skills Fund from Asset Skills Scotland

The Low Carbon Skills Fund is available to any employer with fewer than 250 staff within Asset Skills’ footprint, which includes housing, property, facilities management, surveying and energy advice, to access a 50% refund against the cost of training in any aspect of low carbon technology/energy efficiency/microrenewables. Up to 25 training sessions can be funded per employer. The training must be complete by 30 June 2011 and applications must be received by 31 March.

For further information about the Low Carbon Skills Fund, click here. In order to apply for the 50% refund, please in the first instance contact Tim Pogson.

Finish Your Food Training Course




One Day Training Course

Reducing Food Waste in Schools and Communities


***ONLY £95!!***

One third of food is wasted when it could be reduced, reused and recycled. This fab­ulous food waste train­ing course will equip you with the skills, know­ledge and inform­a­tion needed to engage schools and com­munit­ies in redu­cing food waste.

You will observe the highly enga­ging ‘Finish Your Food with Mr Silly Sausage’ pro­ject in action and learn about the tech­niques employed to tackle wastage. The ‘Finish Your Food’ pro­ject is an excel­lent way to sup­port Eco Schools ini­ti­at­ives and reduce food waste in school. Learn how pupils become act­ive cit­izens as they raise aware­ness at home with the ‘Plate Pledge’ fam­ily chal­lenge and the whole com­munity is effect­ively engaged in food waste reduction.

About Us:

The Scottish Waste Education Support Programme (SWESP) run by Changeworks has been deliv­er­ing high qual­ity waste edu­ca­tion train­ing courses to the major­ity of Scotland’s local author­it­ies and com­munity organ­isa­tions for the last 5 years.  You too could bene­fit from our unique approach to waste edu­ca­tion through a range of activ­it­ies, tech­niques and top tips based on tried and tested waste edu­ca­tion from exper­i­enced waste educators.


09:00: Presentation on how to reduce food waste in schools and at home

11:30: School visit

12:00: Visit din­ing hall to see lunch in pro­gress

13:30: Whole school present­a­tion ‘Finish Your Food with Mr Silly Sausage’

13:50: Talk with eco pupils about record­ing food waste as Zero Waste Heroes

14:00: Depart school

14:30: Arrive Changeworks for cof­fee and debrief

For more inform­a­tion see:

Previous par­ti­cipants said:

“A good vari­ety of inform­a­tion, prac­tical activ­it­ies and oppor­tun­it­ies to share with oth­ers. Well worth the time and money.

Date: 21st March 2011

Venue: Changeworks, 36 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5PY

(10 mins from city centre)

Cost: Special rate of £95 + VAT

Included: Lunch, refresh­ments, all train­ing materials

To book your place contact:

Jane Adams, Waste Prevention Administrator,

A: Changeworks, 36 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5PY.

T: 0131 555 4010 E: jadams [at] changeworks [dot] org [dot] uk

Free orchard management course

Fruitful Skills for a Fruitful Scotland

Interested in setting up or running a community or school orchard?
Want to know more about caring for trees in an established orchard?

Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust is offering a free community orchards management course on Saturday 26th March, 10am – 4pm

Aimed at people already running or thinking about setting up a community orchard, for more details see ELGT’s website