The Pump House Environment Centre was established in 2004 to provide information and advice on ecological issues. Home to our Trust, this former Victorian Water pumping station, was converted using the latest sustainable products, materials and construction techniques. Many technologies used within the refurbishment have been left on display, or models are used to explain their function, so that people may be inspired to make changes, even to a small degree, within their own lives.
Situated by the River Severn in Gheluvelt Park, the centre is an ideal venue for families and a convenient meeting place for community groups. It houses an eco cafe and shop, selling ethically sourced products to support the work of the charity. Sustainability is central to the decisions made in sourcing food, drink and other products for the café and shop. There are also a number of models on display and books for children, which help to explain environmental issues.
Next to the building, a wildlife garden can be found; a wonderful mix of habitats for native fauna – a wildflower garden, a bog area and a pond. Starting and ending at the Pump House, a nature trail has been created around the outside conservation area, for visitors to enjoy.
The Centre runs or plays host to a variety of events and products which promote reuse and repair and encourage public participation, including half term activities for children, textile repair workshops and swishing events.
For more information, calendar of events and our blog, please visit www.pumphouse.org.uk.