Gateway to accessible, natural green spaces

It’s all change here at the Earth Trust!

We host more than 150,000 visits a year across our green spaces. In recent years we have been working creatively to find new ways to welcome and excite people about our amazing environment, whilst protecting our heritage. During 2020 we have embarked on our most ambitious project to date – the Gateway Programme – bringing together longstanding ambitions to improve our facilities for visitors, extend our educational opportunities, and inspire debate and action about how we enjoy and protect our green spaces into the future.

The Gateway programme will realise our vision of a greater welcome for visitors, transforming their experience of the Earth Trust Centre through upgrading of existing facilities, including development of our current barn into an ‘Innovation Hub’, which will provide a welcome and orientation area and multi-use space for Earth Trust and its partners. Longer term plans include a farm shop, a café, and ‘Earth Adventure’ – a playful outdoor area where everyone can discover more about the value of wildlife rich green spaces and the heritage of our landscape.

Our environmental education offering will be greatly enhanced by the creation of a new education and skills centre, known as ‘Earth Lab’. This new building will be a live demonstration of sustainability, incorporating natural and carbon-sequestering building materials, a wildflower roof and water management system.

Beyond 2020 we have many more plans for the Gateway programme, which are currently taking shape. Watch this space for ‘Phase 2’!

Artist's impression of the Gateway

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Find out more about the current progress:

Timeline: follow key events

BREAKING GROUND

April 2020

BUILDCAM GOES LIVE

June 2020

EARTH LAB FRAME ERECTED

June/July 2020

EARTH LAB RAMMED EARTH WALL CONSTRUCTED

July 2020

INNOVATION HUB WORK COMPLETE

July 2020

EARTH LAB MODCELL WALLS INSTALLED

July/August 2020

EARTH LAB GREEN ROOF PLANTED

Summer 2020

ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS CONTINUE

Autumn 2020

EARTH LAB COMPLETION

December 2020

EARTH LAB INTERNAL FIT OUT

January 2021

FIRST SCHOOLS WELCOMED TO EARTH LAB

Spring 2021

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