Even small climate actions can make a big impact, whether it’s a local plant swap, visiting a permaculture learning space, going on a guided walk in a wood or meeting up to discuss zero waste options in your area. 

Please scroll down to see a fuller collection of events in our local DG8 area or those we think you may find interesting to attend elsewhere or online.

For a very MAC-CAN specific focus, click the button for our own events working/reference calendar which is updated frequently. 


16th February – Screening of ‘Rooted: growing a local food system’ @The Stove, Dumfries

In “Rooted” we meet nature-friendly farmers and food producers across Dumfries and Galloway, explore ways to access local food, and visits community projects inspiring good food citizenship.
“Rooted” can be screened in different ways: as a 50 minute film for group and community settings, or as 5 short films for schools another settings which may benefit from the breakdown.
“Rooted” will be available in Spring 2024 as an educational resource for schools, colleges, community groups and peer networks.
To find out more, or arrange your own screening see:
You can also check out the trailer here:

17th February in Wigtown – MAC-CAN’s mini deep-dive into the earth beneath our feet!

Celebrating Soil

Soil is a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gasses and liquids that support the life of plants and soils organisms. It is essential for plants growth, as a means of water storage, as a habitat for organisms and more importantly as a modifier for the earths atmosphere so it is essential to understand soil in relation to the effects of climate change.


Join us at the Print Room in Wigtown on the 17th February to find out more about the earth beneath your feet. An enlightening afternoon of talks and discussions with local experts & practitioners. Lunch and refreshments are included.


Order of the day 

-12.00 – 12.30 Welcome and Introductions (Teas and coffees)

-12.30 – 1.30 Scott Jones – Co-Director of Mind the Gap, founded in 1995

-1.30- 2.00 Lunch (Soup) 

-2.00 – 3.00 Huw Connick –  Connicks work across a number of key works areas – Utility Ecology & Environmental, Forestry, Landscape Restoration, and Holistic Land Management.

-3.00 – 3.20 Malcolm Haddow – South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre (SWSEIC)

-3.20 – 3.40 Abi Mordin – Propagate

-3.40 – 4:45 Discussion

-4:45 – 5.00 Close


** If possible please bring your own reuseable cup with you **


Make sure to book your place through tickettailor here


24th February – 11-1pm – South Machars Crop Swaps with friends in Kirkcowan

February’s  swap sees us at Kirkcowan Village Hall, with thanks to funding from the D&G Climate Hub.
As it’s still early in the year this is primarily a ‘Seedy Saturday!’ – Please come along and bring your seeds, excess tubers, corms etc., early seedlings etc., plus anything else to share with others and pick up something you want or need to garden or grow this year. Home made chutneys, jams and baking, gardening and growing related books and other items, as long as it’s relevant to gardening, growing and food it’s very welcome!
We will be inside, with refreshments and information/stalls from other local organisations and there will be Cree Valley Clothes Swaps too, with a clothes swap. They will also be taking donations of new or nearly new bras (so check the back of your lingerie drawers for that bra that never felt comfortable!) – collected for the ‘Smalls For All’ initiative.
Find out more about Machars and Cree Valley Climate Action Network, Bee Positive and Machars Abundance.
Please remember that all exchanges in the South Machars Crop Swap events are free. Everyone is welcome, please make sure you bring something to swap with someone else!


Coming up…

South Machars Crop Swap in Port William on 23rd


Coming up…

South Machars Crop Swap in Garlieston

Cree Valley Clothes Swap in Creetown


Also coming up this month…

Newton Stewart’s Green Fayre on 18th May


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MAC-CAN Croft Open Day on 23rd June

South Machars Crop Swap in Newton Stewart on 29th June


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South Machars Crop Swap


Coming up…

South Machars Crop Swap in Newton Stewart on 4th August


Coming up…

South Machars Crop Swap in Newton Stewart on 28th September


Coming up…

South Machars Community Centre’s Food Festival


Watch this space!


Watch this space!

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