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Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Centre for Alternative Technology

Europe's leading Eco-centre

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia, this unique visitor attraction is guaranteed to entertain, inform and fascinate all the members of your family.

Lifted up by 'the water-balanced' cliff railway with its breathtaking views visitors arrive at our 7 acre display gardens, crammed with exhibitions displays and information.

Whether you want learn all about the environment, how to save energy and money in your home or just enjoy the gardens, shops and the excellent vegetarian restaurant it will be an experience to treasure and remember.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is concerned with presenting solutions to environmental problems, rather than the doom and gloom view, we take a positive and uplifting approach, demonstrating all kinds of environmental technologies in an interesting and informative way. CAT began as an experimental sustainable community over 25 years ago, since 1974 it has evolved into Mid Wales' most unique and popular visitor attraction.


Please visit www.cat.org.uk for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

The LOOMing Eco Timebomb.

Exploring the loom band craze Its a question that has been bothering me for a while as I watch my son Neru gleefully produce another bracelet for his already covered arm. Surely these things must have an environmental impact. I stuck my head in the sand and got on with enjoying my son’s abundant creativity. The thing is, I work at CAT and eventually the niggly voice took over; this is what I found out. Everywhere you go these days you see them – ...

The Centre for Alternative Technology turns 40

This summer, the Centre for Alternative Technology has been celebrating its 40th birthday. On the 26th of July CAT handed over to the National Library of Wales an extensive collection of photos and historical interviews that document the last 40 years at CAT. On the 2nd of August CAT hosted a birthday carnival with speakers, workshops, music and over 1,200 visitors. It was a truly fantastic day. Adrian Ramsey CEO of CAT said “We are delighted wit...

Shampoo: To use or not to use.

Garden and Media department volunteer Nathalie Brandebourger from Paraguay stopped using shampoo a year ago. In this article she talks about why she did, what she learnt and what she does instead. Saying stop to shampoo. My name is Nathalie Brandebourger, and 10 months ago, I said stop to shampoo, it’s been almost a year since I last washed my hair with that chemical cocktail known as shampoo. Why did I say STOP? I’d had enough,  I was ...

Failure is the compost of success: Coverage in the Guardian and BBC radio 4

  Over the last week we have had some great  media coverage  in the build-up to our 40th anniversary celebrations,  we will be posting a full list up soon. For now here are links to the Today program where Roger Harrabin , ( listen 49 minutes in) did a great piece on the last 40 years at CAT and the Guardian which covers our 40th anniversary.  There does seem to be a lot of mention of the word hippie, so here is a pi...

Archived!

On the 26th of July, the Centre for Alternative Technology celebrated a truly momentous occasion as it handed over 40 years worth of documents, photos and oral history interviews to the National Library of Wales. The magnificent library building is situated in Aberystwyth overlooking Cardigan Bay. Stunning views, a  sunny day and real excitement marked the event which included speakers from CAT and the National Libra...