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Radical action is needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate breakdown. CAT offers practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world.

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Summer Holidays

There’s so much planned for the summer at CAT!

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Visit CAT

Discover a hidden world, packed full of working examples of renewable energy, beautiful organic gardens and more.

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Days out & events

This summer - immerse yourself in nature on one of our new bookable experiences.

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CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with a range of online resources from CAT.

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Webinars and online events

Gain practical tips and explore sustainability with CAT. Includes our popular series of free webinars.

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CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with online resources from CAT.

Whether you’re keen to learn more about solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency or are looking for fun wildlife activities for all the familiy, we’ve got lots of online resources to help.

What's on

Transform waste pallets into gorgeous bespoke furniture for your home and garden A hands-on workshop for anyone who wants to get started with upcycled furniture. Tutor Dieter Brandstatter will take…

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This summer, the garden’s team are making a giant bug hotel and we need your help! Using twigs, bamboo and other organic material, build mini bug-houses to add to the…

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Graduate School of the Environment

Gain the knowledge and skills to help address environmental change. CAT’s postgraduate courses are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability.

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Zero Carbon Britain

To tackle climate change, all emissions that can go to zero must go to zero – as rapidly as possible. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research shows how this can be done using technology available today.

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Latest from the CAT Blog

CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment welcomed our 2022 graduates and guests for our very first hybrid graduation ceremony on Saturday 9 July in-person at CAT and live online.

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For many of us, they are the joyous sound of a summer evening as they hurtle around rooftops, but our beloved Swifts are in serious decline. Joe Downie looks at…

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Free Information Service

Wondering what you can do in your own home to help combat climate change? CAT’s free information service offers independent and impartial advice on a wide range of areas to help you live more sustainably.

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

The price of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels has dropped rapidly in the last ten years. A domestic PV array can now be cost effective without any subsidy. You can sell…

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Natural building materials

Natural building materials

At CAT we’ve been using natural building materials for many years, and you can see examples all around our visitor centre. We also run hands-on courses and workshops and sell…

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Energy saving at home

Energy saving at home

Domestic energy saving measures are vital if we are to achieve the goal of a zero carbon future. Reducing the UK’s energy demand will make it much easier to meet…

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