Centre of the Earth

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The Centre of the Earth is a purpose-built environmental education centre in Birmingham, England, run by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Location[edit]

It is 1.5 km away from Birmingham City Centre and was opened in 1993, and is claimed to be the first such purpose built centre in an urban setting in Europe.[1] The Centre is set in landscaped grounds (originally a council yard), providing a resource for learning and play. The Soho Loop of the BCN Main Line Canal is adjacent, and the Centre has its own wharf, which has been recently restored.

Building[edit]

The architect for the timber-framed building, which demonstrates the sustainable use of natural resources, was David Lea, renowned for his ecologically sensitive designs.[2] Keith Hall, a founding member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building, built the Centre. The building and its grounds are easily accessible to people with limited mobility.

Activities[edit]

The Centre is used as a base for a range of educational activities including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country | Birmingham & Black Country". Wild-net.org. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 

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Coordinates: 52°29′28″N 1°56′05″W / 52.4912°N 1.9348°W / 52.4912; -1.9348