Carymoor Environmental Trust

About us

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 closed landfill site at Dimmer, near Castle Cary. The site provides a powerful comparison between the newly created nature reserve and a working waste site, which includes a Waste Transfer Station operated by Viridor, a compost operation run by Biffa, and landfill gas generation and pollution control by Valencia Waste Management.


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 waste transfer station.

  • If you are coming to see us watch our Welcome to Carymoor slideshow to see how to arrive at the site and more information about what we do.

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.

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