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Visit CAT’s Gardens

Visit CAT’s Gardens during the Festival of Gardens North Wales We are fortunate enough to live in a most spectacularly beautiful part of Wales – mountains, hills, lakes, waterfalls, the estuary and the coast. Every day looks different, and even the rain brings out a moody beauty. Less than four hours on the train from London, why not see for yourself? The seven acres of CATs sustainable and organic gardens are looking gorgeous right now. On Thursday 2nd June, we will... Read More ››

Half Term Fun at CAT

This half term, come and join the fun at CAT Ride the water powered funicular railway up to the site, before beginning your adventure. With free children’s activities, you could be learning about sustainable living while the kids build a solar boat, make natural jewellery, or plant their own beanstalks. There are free guided walks every day throughout the half term week, too. The Visitor Centre is looking great at the moment, with new signage being developed and new... Read More ››

Sara is helping people gain access to land, with Agroecology

Sara Tommerup is a graduate from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Here she writes about the work she has been getting up to since graduating, including setting up the Agroecology Land Initiative. Since 2006 I have apprenticed and learned about natural building in different parts of Europe and also in the US. In 2010 I decided to do the AEES course at CAT (now replaced with MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment) which complimented my hands-on... Read More ››

An opportunity awaits – students as drivers for change

Chris Woodfield is a student on the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation at CAT. Having not completed the majority of his taught modules, he reflects on what he has learned so far. The taught part of my MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation is drawing to a close, with only the May and June modules left to complete on-site at CAT. So, has it lived up to expectation, what have I learnt, and what next? As I highlighted in my previous... Read More ››

Building your own home? Come and see our free live demos and loads more self-build info at Build It Live Bicester

Find out all you need to know about building your dream home with a visit to Build It Live Bicester self-build show and see live demonstrations from CAT. 11-12th June. The Centre for Alternative Technology, in association with Build It Live, are offering pairs of FREE tickets (worth £24) – just by following this link. Build It Live self-build show will take place on 11 & 12 June in Bicester, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The... Read More ››

Two Architecture Events at CAT 5th – 18th May

Two Architecture Events are taking place at CAT in May as part of the Wales Festival of Architecture. An exhibition will take place 5th – 18th May whilst Architect Ceri Davies will speak about her work on Tuesday 10th May. Exhibition: Added Dimension 5th – 18th May | Visitor Centre open daily 10am – 5pm WISE Foyer, Centre for Alternative Technology Click for visitor centre prices and further information Exhibition showing the work of local architects’ practices, highlighting the... Read More ››

Environmental hustings at CAT

On 7 April, in the run up to the Welsh Assembly Elections, CAT hosted an environmental hustings in association with the Dyfi Biosphere. All six major parties in Wales were invited to come and share their views and policies on some of the today’s most pressing issues. Questions ranged from the impacts of agriculture and land-use patterns to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and from scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay to community renewables. Spokespeople joined us from Welsh... Read More ››

Renewable energy teaching at CAT

In response to feedback and demand from potential students, CAT is starting a process of reviewing how we deliver renewable energy teaching in our Graduate School of the Environment. As a result we will not be taking new intakes of students onto the MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) course as it is currently structured. Over the next year we will be developing a new Masters course in renewable energy which will build on the success of... Read More ››

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