Fantastic opportunity for volunteers at CAT’s Woodland and Biodiversity week


The Centre for Alternative Technology is offering the chance for five volunteers to spend a week assisting our Woodland and Biodiversity team. Taking place from the 5th – 9th November, participants have the option to stay on site within beautiful surroundings near Machynlleth at the heart of Wales.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has a strong commitment to the preservation of the environment and enhancing biodiversity. CAT currently manages twenty acres of woodland spread across the main site and at Coed Gwern, an idyllic sustainably-managed deciduous woodland. The woodlands are a range of different ages and include coppice, mature broadleaf and conifer, with a mosaic of diverse microclimates and ecosystems.

November’s Woodland and Biodiversity week will be overseen by Rob Goodsell and Adam Thorogood, CAT’s biology team. Volunteers will be working with Rob and Adam to practice woodland management skills across the site, including thinning, invasive species control and formative pruning. Participants will learn the safe use and maintenance of hand tools. There will also be the opportunity to survey and maintain CAT’s bird monitoring programme.

“The volunteers are fundamental to the success of our work and help preserve and enhance the extraordinary range of biodiversity that is part of west Wales’ unique ecosystem” – Rob Goodsell, Natural Resources Co-Ordinator

For £120 the week includes full-board accommodation in a shared bunkhouse. This one-off opportunity is limited to five spaces, so booking early is recommended. As the work may be physically demanding and will require working in all weather conditions volunteers are advised to bring waterproofs and boots.

The week will be free to attend if you do not require accommodation. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to join us for this fantastic opportunity then contact us by telephone on 01654 705955 or by email at If you would like to learn more about our commitment to woodland management then please visit CAT’s website.