This summer, the Centre for Alternative Technology is celebrating its 40th birthday. To mark this historic occasion, CAT will host a birthday carnival with speakers, workshops, music and much more on the 2nd of August. For the last 4 decades CAT has informed, inspired and enabled an estimated 2 million people who have visited the centre, taken part in courses and workshops and become change-makers.

“Our 40th anniversary is not only a chance to look back on the incredible impacts of CAT over the last 40 years, but it is also a chance to look forward to the next 40. We need to grasp the environmental challenges we face and create a healthier, sustainable society for a changing planet. The work of CAT, through our educational programmes, visitor centre and Zero Carbon Britain research project, is crucial in order to inform, inspire and enable that change.” Adrian Ramsey, CEO at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

On the 2nd of August: “For one special day, we’ll welcome members, students and alumni, former staff and volunteers, neighbours, friends and supporters as we look back on the achievements of the environmental movement and showcase the best in sustainable solutions.” Kim Bryan, spokesperson for CAT.

There will be a panel discussion from Adrian Ramsay (CAT CEO), Paul Allen (Zero Carbon Britain) Joan Walley (Labour MP and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee), Doug Parr (Greenpeace) and Natalie Bennett (Green Party leader). Also in attendance will be Cynog Dafis (Plaid Cymru and Trustee of CAT), William Powell (Welsh Assembly Member) and Dai Speake (Mayor of Machynlleth), who will open the occasion.

With free entry throughout the day, visitors can learn how to take part in a straw bale building workshop, carve a wooden bowl or get to grips with basic carpentry. There will be tours of the prolific organic gardens, rammed earth buildings, woods and wildlife areas. CAT’s talented artists in residence will be on hand to unveil their latest works, while film screenings, children’s activities, market stalls, live music and bicycle displays will bring ‘the Quarry’ to life. Throughout the day the CAT restaurant will offer its fresh seasonal specialties, and visitors can try the new “Quarry Ruby Ale,” an ale brewed for the occasion by Cader Ales in Dolgellau.