Past Events

Below is an archive of all of our previous events. Please feel free to leave a comment if you attended any of them.

Cooking to save money and reduce waste 3 week class FREE

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Where & When

Wed, 28/01/2015 (All day) - Wed, 11/02/2015 (All day)
Charleston Academy

Upcycling in Merkinch

Rowan upcycling event poster and information


Where & When

Sat, 17/01/2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Merkinch Community Centre Thornbush Rd Inverness

Green Homes Open Day

Green Homes Open Day

Energy saving trust Scotland is holding a Green Homes Open Day on 29 September at various locations throughout Scotland, to encourage as many people as possible to visit a green home in their area. The day will involve green homeowners across the country opening their doors to interested members of the public. The Highland event will have 10 open homes around the Inverness area, and there will an information event at Eden Court in Inverness where installers and Energy Saving Scotland advisors will be on hand to help visitors find out more about renewable energy. RoWAN will also be there to provide advice on how to cut waste.


Where & When

Sat, 29/09/2012 - 3:00pm

RoWAN's AGM And Open Community Garden Day

RoWAN’s AGM will be on Saturday September 8th at 2pm at Loch na Mhoid near Muir of Ord. This is the location of one of the community gardens linked to the Transition Black Isle group. See for information and map. Parking is limited so please either come by bike or share a lift. People can come by train to Muir of Ord and then either lovely 30 min walk or 12 min cycle along old railway line to near the venue. The No. 28 bus also comes to Muir of Ord from Inverness and Dingwall.


The garden will be open to the public from 12.00 that day as part of Blasda, Scotland’s local food feast, so do come along early to have a look around the community growing areas. Please also join us for a pot luck picnic at around 1pm- just bring along a contribution of something that you have made or grown. There will be short presentations on RoWAN’s work at 2pm, followed by the formal AGM, which we promise will be short. All are welcome.


RoWAN is currently looking for new members for its Management Committee. If you are interested in getting involved, this is an opportunity to meet the staff and Management Committee and find out more.


If you need further information please email or ring 01349 867063.




Where & When

Sat, 08/09/2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Green Cleaning Day

West Coast Reducers are holding a demonstration on green cleaning with questions and answers on 17th March 2012 Torridon Community Hall from 12 noon. Demos 12.30 and 2.30pm. RoWAN Zero Waste volunteers will be on hand to advise about how to cut waste. Refreshments available. Free entry - all welcome.


Where & When

Sat, 17/03/2012 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Love Your Leftovers This Pancake Day

Pancakes are traditionally made on Shrove Tuesday to use up any remaining butter, milk and eggs the day before Lent begins. It’s also a great opportunity to use up any leftovers from your fridge or kitchen cupboards.

Love Food Hate Waste has the perfect recipe for creating something delicious from leftover yoghurt and overripe bananas which might otherwise go to waste. If you have any spare sultanas, flaked almonds or soft berries at home these all make tasty additions to the batter too.

Research shows that around 31,000 tonnes of milk is thrown away every year in Scotland, and fresh fruit and veg are one of the most wasted food types. Each year in Scotland we buy and then waste around £1bn on food and drink which could have been eaten. That's an average of £35 per month per household. So instead of sending your leftovers to the bin, why not follow our simple recipe for a Shrove Tuesday treat.

Jon Molyneux from Love Food Hate Waste commented: “Using up leftovers is really easy, especially on Pancake Day. Save money and a trip to the shops by using up what you already have at home. Pancakes are so versatile and as long as you have the basic ingredients of milk, eggs and flour you can use anything you like as an accompaniment. Plus, it’s a great chance to get creative with your leftovers.”


1 egg lightly beaten

125ml milk

125ml yoghurt

2 overripe bananas mashed with a fork

150g plain flour

A pinch of salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar



Mix together the egg, milk, yogurt and bananas.

Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl then stir in the ‘wet’ ingredients and the sugar. The batter will look a little lumpy. Read more


Where & When

Tue, 21/02/2012 (All day) - Wed, 22/02/2012 (All day)

Have a Happy Waste-Free Festive Season

How much of your festive food ends up in the bin? Save money and help your environment by cutting out waste.

Christmas Food Saver Tips

  • Write a list before you do that big Christmas shop to prevent over-buying in the supermarkets.
  • Use the perfect portion planner at to plan how much you need to feed your guests.
  • Freeze the carcass of your turkey to make a tasty stock for soup later.
  • Don’t bin the leftovers of your turkey, they will be tasty on a sandwich on Boxing Day or make them into another delicious meal, like turkey curry. You could even freeze leftover meat for later too.
  • Store those Christmas vegetables in the fridge to make sure they stay fresh long after Christmas day. If you don’t get round to eating them in time, boil them up and freeze them in individual portions to enjoy your own home-made ready soups or other meals in January.
  • If you’ve got leftovers from dessert, whipped cream can be frozen too or turn your Christmas pudding into a strudel or use leftover fruit and dessert sauces to make brownies.
  • Even leftover party food can be frozen and enjoyed in packed lunches when the festive season ends.

Finally, for all the vegetable peelings and fruit trimmings you can’t avoid: remember to use your compost bin to make a rich fertiliser you can use in the garden.





Where & When

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 4:00pm

European Week of Waste Reduction EWWR 19th to 27th November

RoWAN will be encouraging people to cut their waste at 4 events as part of European Week for Waste Reduction. This week focuses on highlighting waste reduction activities across Europe. RoWAN volunteers will be visiting Scottish Water and  Inverness College with information and a prize draw quiz on how to cut waste and save yourself some money. 

 We also plan to deliver and help install a Green Johana at Gairloch Youth Hostel to help cut the amount of food waste going to land fill. We hope to use this as a demonstration site for those interested in finding out more about composting all food waste.

RoWAN volunteers are also running a free Wormery workshop Timespan, Helmsdale 2pm Sunday 20 November. Find out how a wormery works and how to set one up. A wormery converts kitchen food waste into liquid plant feed and rich organic compost.There is also an opportunity for questions and answers on winter composing.




Where & When

Sat, 19/11/2011 (All day) - Sun, 27/11/2011 (All day)
around the highland

Join Us At Living Food at Cawdor

Come to Living Food at Cawdor. Fun for all the family:

  • Over 50 stalls packed full of local and organic produce and over 20 artisan craft producers.
  • Chefs Theatre with demonstrations from Charlie Lockley of the Boath House,Jim Cowie of the Captains Galley and Bruno Birkbeck from the Torridon Hotel amongst others.
  • Local musicians performing throughout the day
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations, Woodland classroom sessions, Facepainting, Circus skills, Producers treasure hunt, biodiversity bingo, baby footprints...and delicious food served all day in the Taste of Cawdor marquee.

Rowan staff and volunteers will be joining the Zero Waste Scotland team to promote ideas on how to cut food waste and get composting. It's also a great opportunity to join our growing band of volunteers to help people cut waste across the Highlands. Hope to see you there!


Where & When

Sat, 24/09/2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cawdor castle


Our RoWAN AGM is at 7.30pm Tuesday Sept 6th. We have invited a speaker from H.E.N. (Highland Environmental Network) to talk to us about their work. There will also be an update on our on going project work. All welcome to attend.


Where & When

Tue, 06/09/2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Strathpeffer Community Centre (Smaller room)