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All 12.0101 Resource & Visitor Centres

  • Centre for Alternative Technology


    CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. CAT’s visitor centre demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. A spectacular water-balanced railway delivers visitors to the CAT site, providing the first stop for those interested in discovering sustainable technologies via exciting and interactive hands-on displays. These are continually updated to reflect the changes and needs of a society increasingly aware of the need to adopt sustainable technologies and lifestyles. In the summer months there are guided tours, or individual audio-tours are available. The courses taught at CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability and the knowledge, skills, inspiration and networks to make a real difference in your chosen field. A series of short courses runs alongside the Graduate School. CAT also provides information resources, an online shop, venue hire and group visits for schools. The visitor centre includes a shop, café and accommodation.

  • The Sumac Centre


    The Sumac Centre is an independent community resource and social centre. It houses a vegan café, social club bar and Veggies Catering Campaign, providing information and resources for local residents, and members of the wider campaigning communinty concerned about human and animal rights, social justice and environmental issues. There is also a community garden, a modest library, internet access and bookshop. We have a regular communal meal called People’s Kitchen on Saturday evenings. We also host the Forest Fields Social Club, a bar which often opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-11pm. It is advised to check The Sumac Centre Facebook Group, or the Events Diary, before traveling from afar. The Sumac also provides resources and a meeting space for groups and individuals working to promote social justice, environmental awareness, peace, and animal rights. The space is sometimes used for music events, film showings and sales in order to raise money and awareness.