Carymoor Environmental Trust


Carymoor Environmental Education Centre, Somerset

Carymoor Environmental Trust is an environmental education and nature conservation charity, providing inspirational outdoor learning for schools and community groups.

The Trust was set up in 1996 by a small group of enthusiasts and carries out pioneering land restoration and habitat creation work on 100 acres of capped landfill just outside Castle Cary in Somerset. This has created a nature reserve with an extensive range of habitats that is used to provide high quality first hand experiences of the natural world.

The Centre is located near the active landfill site at Dimmer, near Castle Cary. Its unique location provides the ideal setting to contrast environmental sustainability with the less sustainable activity of landfill. Through our education programmes and demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable buildings, the centre has developed a reputation that exemplifies environmental good practice.

Please note that visits to Carymoor are by appointment only and we are not an open access site, as we share our main access with a working landfill site.

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Carymoor Environmental Trust

Carymoor was founded by Hamish Craig, who sadly passed away in 2018. Hamish was passionate about the natural world and the need to educate the next generation to live more sustainably. We are proud to continue and build upon his legacy.  

- Hamish Craig, Honorary President - 1936-2018 (pictured with the team on Carymoor's 21st anniversary event in 2017)  

The Team

There is a small dedicated team working at the Centre. Some staff members work in our education team, working with school groups of all ages, both on site at Carymoor and in schools across Somerset and the wider region. Other members of the team work with community groups and volunteers on site and continue restoration and management of the nature reserve.

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How Carymoor began....

Carymoor was started by Hamish Craig, a retired navy officer and school teacher. Hamish first came to the site in 1996. Great Crested newts had been found and Hamish, who was then chair of the local Wildlife Trust group, was asked how best to protect them. Hamish subsequently worked with Wyvern Waste, who then owned the site, to set up a visitor centre where people could see the landfill site and learn how to live more sustainably.

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Sustainable buildings

The main building is constructed with a green timber frame that uses mostly Douglas fir and a little oak. Two of the external walls use chestnut lath and lime render while the rest are timber clad with red cedar. The timber is locally sourced from a sustainably managed woodland. The concrete foundations are minimal because the timber frame has 'stilts' which stand on concrete pads.

We're always on the look out for people with time to spare!

Whether that's the odd hour, a regular day or even a longer work experience placement, your time is very valuable to us. Our growing team of volunteers makes a vital contribution both at the centre and at events across the county.