Help is sought to see Winson Green’s ‘Centre of the Earth’ return to being a leading environmental education centre for Birmingham and the Black Country.
The Centre of the Earth, officially opened in 1993, was designed by architect David Lea, renowned for his ecologically sensitive building designs, and built by Keith Hall, a founder member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building. The building is a unique timber framed structure built to demonstrate the sustainable use of natural resources. This once derelict half-hectare site was transformed with the help of the local Winson Green community into an attractive and exciting natural landscape used as a learning resource and for play.
It is now in need of an upgrade and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is looking for support to restore this building to its former glory.
Located in Winson Green, Centre of the Earth is a valuable community space for people offering education sessions for schools, family activities, wildlife events and hosts other local groups. It’s important for wildlife too with a resident fox, 26 species of song birds identified a wildflower meadow and a newly created woodland.
Support is sought to help restore Centre of the Earth to be a leading sustainable environmental education centre. Plans include working with local schools, developing health and wellbeing programmes and ensuring it is a fantastic space for the local community in Winson Green.
Recommendations are sought for companies able to do the following:
- Conversion of 4 toilets into 3 complying with Disability Discrimination Act and creating a wet room
- Most cost effective way of insulating adobe walls
- Upgrading our heating system
- Install CAT5 cabling
At least £20,000 will need to be raised to achieve Centre of the Earth’s vision and an appeal page here has been launched for anyone wishing to support this cause.