Christmas baubles workshop announced

Two more workshops have been added to the Micromastery series that we’re funding, this time on making Christmas baubles from unloved fabrics, kindly donated by Thrifty One. All materials supplied and no previous experience required.

There are so many exciting things to do, see and learn, but sometimes the thought of this and the assumption we need to do YEARS of STUDY can be so overwhelming it’s easy to end up doing nothing. NOT SO – welcome to the world of MICROMASTERY!

‘A micromastery is a self-contained unit of doing, complete in itself but connected to a greater field’. A micromastery is repeatable and has a success payoff – who doesn’t want that!!

This hands-on workshop will give you a ‘micromastery’ in recycling unwanted fabrics as a useful and fun activity you can do with others. The aim is also to reuse materials where possible, consuming less to create more. Awareness of the natural world and how we can tread lightly on our planet is also key.

So why throw away fabric that could still give pleasure? Come along and learn how to creatively it into Christmas baubles, using hand sewing techniques.

Choose your preferred date and register your place on our Facebook page:

New workshops for ‘micromastery’

Why throw away clothes you’ve loved?  Come along to a new hands-on ‘micromastery’ workshop and learn how to creatively repair them, using hand sewing techniques.  A micromastery is a self-contained unit of doing, complete in itself but connected to a greater field.  ADT is funding a series of micromastery workshops introducing useful skills to reuse materials where possible, consuming less to create more. Awareness of the natural world and how we can tread lightly on our planet is also key.  No prior experience needed!  Choose one of two dates that suits you best: 20 October – or 24 October –

Bamff Estate invites local people to big bug hunt

Saturday 22 August 10am – 1pm 

A major project to restore farmland and plantation near Alyth to a natural, uncultivated state is inviting local people to help count insects, spiders and worms on the land.

The Bamff Estate is planning a rewilding project that will transform 166 hectares (410 acres) of farmland and plantations into stunning wildlife habitat. 

Estate owners Paul and Louise Ramsay hope that their “citizens’ science” project will measure the difference rewilding can make to the bugs and worms that are at the heart of the natural ecosystem.

They are inviting anyone interested to gather at Bamff, three miles northwest of Alyth, on Saturday morning, 22 August, to catch, record, count and then release as many bugs and worms as they can find in different areas and habitats of the estate. 

Louise Ramsay said:  “We know we have lots of beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds to as well as spiders, beetles, shield bugs and wriggling worms on the estate, but we don’t have enough information on the numbers of species or individuals.  Doing a count like this gives us a baseline from which to measure progress over time.

“People taking part in our Bug and Worm Hunt will be making a really valuable contribution to understanding how a rewilding project like ours can help sustain and nurture Scotland’s natural environment.”

The event organisers say that if the weather is dry they will concentrate on bugs, and if it is raining they will concentrate on worms.

The Hunt will take place completely outdoors so will be easy to socially distance. A local ecologist, Alan Ross, will give training and maps and butterfly nets will be provided. 

For more details and to register for the event, go to

To find out more about the Bamff Rewilding project, go to:


Five days to go till “Thoughts for Food” online workshop

Just five days to go until our “Thoughts for Food” online workshop – your chance to find creative new ways to use pots, pans and ingredients like these. Book now to be sure of getting your login credentials in good time: If you’ve already booked, we’ll be sending you the login details soon. If you’ve clicked the “Going” button on Facebook but not yet booked your ticket, please don’t miss out! #food #cooking #creativity #lockdown

August board meeting coming up

Our next board meeting is scheduled for next Monday, 3 August, starting at 7.00pm. As normal during lockdown, it’s going to be a virtual meeting over the internet, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t welcome guests who want to sit in and hear more about what we’re currently up to. If you’d like to listen in, please email us via and we’ll send you login details when they are ready.

Thoughts for Food – cooking your way out of lockdown

Have you been cooking more meals during the lock down? Have you tried new recipes? Have you got some new favourite dishes? Has food helped to lift your mood? Have you found creative ways to eat great food on a budget? Would you like to continue cooking more but need help and advice? Our speaker is Alyth’s very own Anne Wallace from Thrifty One. Anne is a trained chef and will be revealing her top tips for creative ways to eat great food on a budget. The workshop is completely free, and you can find out more and book your place here:

Crops in Pots guru from Leith to speak at online workshop

Our free online workshop next week features Evie Murray of Leith Community Crops in Pots which is a really interesting community project that took over an area of derelict land from the council and have built a community around growing, cooking and sharing food. You can see what they’ve been doing here: and find out more about their Food Hub here: There are still a few places available for next week’s workshop and you can book your ticket here:[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%5C%22[]%5C%22%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D