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Join Penicuik Carbon Challenge online, or come along to one of our carbon challenge workshops and work with us to reduce your carbon footprint.  

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PCC Winter Programme


The Scottish Government has committed us all to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Penicuik Community Development Trust has received Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) funding to support Penicuik to achieve net zero.

Until the end of March 2022, young people, adults and families living in Penicuik and the EH26 region can work with us to reduce our carbon footprint and reach net zero.

Zero Carbon Penicuik

To become zero carbon, we must emit no more carbon than can be absorbed by woodland, oceans, and our atmosphere. We need to reduce the amount of C02 released by choosing how we travel, heat our homes, what to eat, and to repair, upcycle, reuse or recycle rather than buy new stuff.

Carbon Footprint

Calculated by counting your annual consumption of equivalent tons of carbon used to make: the energy you use at home & to travel, plus all you consume and waste: food, cars, IT, clothing, paper, hotels, electricals, phones, banking, TV, furniture, recreation, etc.

In the UK the average footprint is 10.5 tons.

Get involved

Drop in and see us at 34 John Street, Penicuik


Book to attend one of our upcoming workshops. 


Volunteer to support our work, please contact us here. 

Opening Hours at Penicuik Carbon Challenge on 34 John Street, Penicuik

9.30 to 12.30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

9.30 to 12.00 Saturday mornings

PCC Zero Waste Winter Programme of Events

All events free of charge



                                                         Zero Waste Community Meal

Every Monday at Ladywood Community Centre

We work with Food Fact Friends, and Ladywood Community Centre to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. By working together, we create and serve you with a tasty, nutritious low-carbon meal using ingredients donated by local shops to include Costco, Tesco, Lidl, and Asda.


We also use Scottish Government Climate Challenge funding to create our food storage cupboard plus some shop bought, local/UK produced seasonal vegetables and low carbon meats whenever possible.

We maximise the use of plant-based ingredients and minimise the use of animal-based ingredients. However, we never compromise on flavour or nutrition.


There is no charge for our meal and we hope you enjoy our food and our company!

Join us between 12.30 and 2pm at Ladywood Community Centre.

Monday December 6th, 13th, 20th

Monday January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st         


PCC Sewing Workshop

Six places available (3 to new participants)

Learn to use a sewing machine, to cut out a pattern, replace a zip, create a waistband and hem your personal or household garments. Learn how to go from start to finish with your dressmaking on either

Saturday 22nd January from 10 – 4pm     Or     Sunday 6th February from 10 – 4pm


Carbon Challenge Crochet Classes

@ PCC  Up to 8 places available (four for new participants)

Beginner & Mixed ability Thursday 7 – 9 pm.   January 27th & February 3rd, 10th and 17th.


PCC Joinery Workshop

Six places available. Come to 34 John St and learn how to strip down wooden pallets to create flower and vegetable planters for local communities and schools. 

Tuesday Jan 18th, 25th  12.30 to 2.30pm

Tuesday Feb 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 12.30 to 2.30pm


Bike Maintenance

Bring your bike along to be fixed or checked by a bike mechanic.  Basic parts provided. Drop-in session (no booking required)

34 John St: Saturday 5th February 9:30am – 12pm and Saturday 5th March 9:30am – 12pm


Message Rene and tell us what courses or workshops you wish to attend.

Rene will email or call you back asap.


Phone Rene at: 07547692440      or      Call into PCC at 34, John Street, Penicuik

We record all enquiries received. We prioritise enquiries from new comers and beginners in the first instance. Places are then allocated. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 7 to 10 working days


PCC Food and Climate Change Winter Programme of Events
All events free of charge
Good Food Conversations

Local? Organic? Grow your Own? Are you interested in exploring with others the carbon emissions and environmental impact of the food we eat and how we can eater better food for the planet and ourselves?  This will be a friendly and informal session with tasty recipes and tips that asks the question: How can a sustainable diet be affordable and accessible?  

Good Food 1: Tuesday 8th of February             6.30pm-8.30pm

Good Food 2: Tuesday 22nd February               6.30pm-8.30pm


Nature Connection and Foraging Walks

Join us on a Saturday morning in a family friendly wander to explore new and familiar areas of Penicuik to learn about the nature on our doorstep

Winter Tree Identification: Saturday 29th January 10am-12pm

Spring Greens Foraging: Saturday 12th March       10am-12pm


Grow Your Own

Are you a beginner or an experienced gardener looking for fresh ideas?  Growing your own food is a fun way to reduce your carbon footprint, get healthier and deepen your connection to what you eat. 

Plan Your Garden:  Tuesday 18th January 6.30pm-8.30pm

Introduction to Permaculture: Saturday 19th February 10am – 4pm

Beginners Grow your Own: Tuesday 8th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Using Compost Worms: Tuesday 15th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

To find out more about any of the food and climate change workshops or to book please email or phone 07547692441 or pop into the PCC at 34 John Street Penicuik. 


Penicuik Carbon Challenge operates from our shop at 34 John Street in the shopping precinct beside Oxfam.  We are looking forward to meeting you the next time you are out and about in Penicuik.

We welcome donations of unwanted bicycles, small household electricals, fabrics, wool, and threads. All donations are checked and repaired before we make them available to people in need of your support.


Our monthly bike surgery takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Our next session is Saturday 8th of January. If you want to come along, we will do our best to fix and repair your bike free of charge. You can book your slot by visiting:

If you would like to volunteer with us, please email us at

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