Centre for Alternative Technology

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.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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23 Responses to Centre for Alternative Technology

  1. I’d love a conservatory like that one too, Helen!

  2. Hi Helen – I follow your blog, as it’s lovely to read the excitement of someone on their permaculture journey. I am also part of the media and marketing team here at CAT, and wonder if we could use repost your blog on our blog site, as a guest blog? And the next time you come, be sure to let me know, and I’ll take you on a behind the scenes tour. All the best
    Tammi x

    • Helen says:

      Hi Tammi,

      Yes, of course you can repost my blog on your blog site. Before you do so, would you be able to tell me which vegetable is growing in the field with what I called a living mulch? Because of the time of year, I think it must be garlic but it would be great to know for sure.

      Anyway, thanks for the offer of a behind the scenes tour. That would be fantastic 😊

  3. Nice to see you enjoyed a trip to CAT. There are so many things to do in the area that one night would just not be enough. Next time, let us know and we can meet up!

  4. Lucky you! I’d really like to visit CAT πŸ˜€

  5. Glad you enjoyed your visit. I visited about 25 years ago (before I had a garden even) and loved it then. I liked the ‘jump on the compost’ advice in the notice about woody prunings

  6. Wow what a super place … love the floral arrangements between the tracks! So much wonderful greenery πŸ™‚

  7. atkokosplace says:

    I like the raised bed. Cool facts, though I don’t think I will be going in my garden anytime soon! Hahaha. πŸ˜‰

  8. Karen says:

    What a nice opportunity to visit the center.

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