On Sunday, we drove down to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. It wasn’t the most straightforward for journeys due to accidents and queues of traffic but I was pleased to have some energy to look round before retiring to our room.
It was one of the most delightful settings for an overnight stay with the accommodation being in the grounds and accessible to the exhibits just by walking out the door. The room itself was also delightful, functional but spacious with an en-suite bathroom. And with access to the roof.
The site used to be a slate quarry and there was still much slate to be seen at the periphery. But just look at all the vegetation growing out of the rocks.
On the site itself there was amongst other exhibits a mini forest garden.
And I’d love a conservatory like this.
We didn’t have a long look at the following section, where annual crops appeared to be growing, but I was much taken with the garlic and elephant garlic in a living mulch.
And who couldn’t be tickled by this particular slug?
One way of accessing the site was to use a funicular powered by water. I was also tickled by the Lady’s Mantle between the tracks.
The two most interesting pieces of information I picked up were regarding the nutrients in urine
and the fact that the contents of my hugel beds should ultimately be something like peat.
Anyway, to round the tour off, here are a couple of general shots of the site. We’ll definitely be going there again at some point.