Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an internationally renowned, world-leading and award winning Eco Centre that demonstrates and showcases practical solutions for a sustainable future.

CAT was founded in 1973 on the site of an abandoned quarry. What was once barren slate waste is now home to a rich variety of gardens, woodlands, ponds, award-winning environmental buildings, integrated renewable energy systems, and a wide range of interactive exhibitions and displays. It is a living example of the possibilities for transformation and regeneration, working together to build a sustainable future for all humanity as part of a thriving natural world.

Clients are able to join expert tutors at CAT in Machynlleth, Mid Wales to delve into a range of topics, all with a focus on celebrating the natural world. The bookable visitor experiences include gardening for nature, moth nights and more.

The ‘Gardening for Nature’ day will take clients on a journey to explore ways of helping nature in even the smallest of outdoor spaces. Expert gardeners will provide top tips and techniques during a day in CAT’s beautiful gardens. 

A wind turbine set amongst plots of growing vegetables.
Funicular railway moving up and down a steep hill.

The gardens and funicular railway

Alternatively, having delivered quality courses on a huge range of sustainability topics for over 40 years, CAT’s group travel packages are perfect for groups looking for something a little different.

Expert tutors guide visitors through experiences ranging from traditional crafts and sustainable building to ecology and organic gardening. The Zero Carbon Britain workshop explores the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge.

On-site accommodation, a vegetarian café, free parking for cars or coaches and acres of woodlands and organic gardens provide the ideal setting. Bespoke workshops and tours range from one hour sessions to multi-day packages. Send an enquiry form found on the groups and learning page for more information.

There are also volunteering opportunities available at CAT.

A greenhouse with a wooden path leading through all the growing plants and vines.

The greenhouse

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