Seasons of Change courses

Spring is in the air! With these warmer winds and longer days, the Seasons of Change project is starting to plan for the next season. This is funded by Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

We’ve launched a sustainable fashion workshop. © HollyHarry / AdobeStock

There is so much on offer, from seaweed foraging, pyjama making, sustainable fashion, Facebook live sessions as well as a programme of “Carbon Conversations” which we are running in partnership with The Surefoot Effect. My Rainbow Garden, which saw over 100 families in Sutherland learning to grow their own vegetables last year, will be opening in early spring for those who are keen to start their growing journey.

If you are keen to learn about growing vegetables and missed our Get into Growing programme you can see the recordings of these sessions, on Lairg & District Learning Centre YouTube page or the videos section of our Facebook page. We delivered this four-week course in partnership with Thurso Grows. The green fingered dream team, Jill Lawrie and Sharon Dismore, showed over 40 students how to design a vegetable site, source seeds, and shared their top tips on tools and techniques. Here you will also find a recording of the Home Composting Workshop led by Emma Armstrong. For those interested in learning about sheltered gardening, we are excited to partner again with Thurso Grows for their Polytunnel and Cold Frame Growing Workshop.

Our Garment of the Month Programme launched in February. Each month, our sewing tutor Jo will guide you through making a new addition to your wardrobe. We started with a versatile favourite, the suki dress. For March, Jo will be teaching how to make a lockdown essential, pyjama pants. Head to our Eventbrite page to register for April, which will be the Coco Top & Dress from Tilly & the Buttons. We’ve launched a 4-week Sustainable Fashion workshop which will teach participants creative mending and clothes alterations to build the basic knowledge and skills of sustainable fashion. For those who are interested in sewing but would like to learn the basics first, Jo will be offering a class showing you everything you need to know to get started.

For the foodie of the house, we have partnered with West Highland College and are delighted to be able to offer Seaweed Foraging, Fermenting Food at Home and Spring Foraging. On pancake day The Learning Centre went live on Facebook for the first time, where our tutor Sanna McLeod shared her recipes for sweet and savoury pancakes. We were pleased to see so many of our community join in and share their topping ideas.

At the end of March, we are launching a six-week programme called “Carbon Conversations” where we will be exploring what climate change is, looking at a low carbon future, the issues of travel and transport, the elements of the carbon footprint of food and consuming and waste.

Louise Worthy, local artist and printmaker, will be offering Inspired by Nature workshops, where students will learn how to print cards, create a swallow monoprint and print onto a tote bag. These workshops are planned for late spring and early summer.

All our classes and workshops are delivered online and fill up very quickly. To ensure you don’t miss out you can join our mailing list, follow us on Eventbrite, like our Facebook page (@lairglc) and follow us on Twitter (@lairglearning). For more information on the Season of Change project please email

by Sarah Forrest, Project Officer

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