Soil Association Scotland

Soil Association Scotland is the Scottish office of the Soil Association, the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.

The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. Soil Association Scotland was set up in 2002 to bring Soil Association expertise closer to producers, consumers and policy makers in Scotland.

Soil Association Limited is registered in Scotland (charity number SC039168).

Programmes of work

  • Future Proofing Scotland's Farming aims to prepare agricultural businesses for the impacts, opportunities and risks that both climate and economic change bring
  • Food for Life aims to transform food culture throughout Scotland by supporting the production and enjoyment of good food that is healthy, sustainable and accessible to all.
  • Crofting Connections aims to inspire young people aged 5-16 living in communities throughout the Highlands & Islands about crofting past, present and future. 

Who’s who

The Scotland team comprises:

  • Laura Stewart, Director of Soil Association Scotland 
  • Lillian Kelly, Development Manager
  • Lyn White, Agricultural Development Manager
  • Colleen McCulloch, Agricultural Development Manager
  • Pam Rodway, Crofting Connections Project Coordinator
  • Angela Mitchell, Food for Life Scotland Manager
  • Elsie Downham, Food for Life Catering Mark Account Manager
  • Joe Hind, Food for Life Scotland Supply Chain Manager
  • Meg Rowley, Food for Life Scotland Communications and Marketing Manager
  • Kirsten Leask, Food for Life Scotland Education & Engagement Co-ordinator
  • Alison Muirhead, Business Development Manager
  • Brid McKibben, Cairngorms Food for Life Development Officer
  • Erika Martin, Office Manager
  • Jane Dingwall, Project Officer
  • Francesco Benvenuti, Project Officer

Dennis Overton represents Scotland on the Soil Association Council.

How to find us

The team works from a converted farm steading in Liberton, just south of Edinburgh city centre.

By bus from Edinburgh city centre

From central Edinburgh, buses no. 7, 37 and 47 (heading south) will bring you to the office. Ask the bus driver to let you off at the start of Liberton Brae.  Cross the road and walk up the drive at the yellow ‘Tower Mains’ sign.

By bicycle or car from Edinburgh city centre

From Edinburgh city centre head south across the North Bridge and out through Newington to Cameron Toll.  You will be on the A701, which is signed posted for Penicuik and Peebles.  After a long gentle hill down to Cameron Toll, go through two set of lights, onto Liberton Brae (which is still the A701 and starts to go up a hill).  About 100 yards up the hill, Orchardhead Road leads off to the left and opposite, on the right, is a drive leading up behind the houses marked by a yellow Tower Mains sign on the wall; take this and follow it up through the steading (to the left of the main farmhouse) to the free car parking area. 

By car from the Edinburgh city bypass

From the Edinburgh city bypass (A720) take the A701 into town from the Straiton Junction (which is due South of the city).  Go north along this road for 2 miles.  Turn left up a drive leading behind the houses; the drive is just opposite Orchardhead Road. Drive up through the steading (to the left of the main farmhouse) to the free car parking area.