Carymoor Environmental Trust

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Charity no:1089668

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About Carymoor Environmental Education Centre, Somerset

Carymoor Environmental Centre is run by the Carymoor Environmental Trust which was set up in 1996 by a small group of enthusiasts. The Trust 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.

Carymoor Nature ReserveThe Centre is located near the active landfill site at Dimmer, near Castle Cary. Its unique location provides the ideal setting to contrast environmental sustainability with the less sustainable activity of landfill. Through our education programmes and demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable buildings, the centre has developed a reputation that exemplifies environmental good practice.


There is a small dedicated team working at the Centre. Some staff members work in our education team, working with school groups of all ages, both on site at Carymoor and in schools across Somerset and the wider region. Other members of the team work with community groups and volunteers on site and continue restoration and management of the nature reserve.

The Team


    Trustees:     Dr David Bates, Dan Cooke, Les Greaves, Christina Kennedy, Dr Jon Marshall, Katy Menday, Jon Pring, Caroline Sharley, Dr Dave Watson.
  Chairman of the Trustees and Management Committee:   Dr David Bates
  Honorary President:   Hamish Craig
  Chief Executive:   Rupert Farthing
  Finance Manager:   Gill Lanyon
  Site Manager:   Graham Jennings
  Community Ranger:   Neil Gemmell
  Education Managers:   Karen Boswell & Beth Coleman
  Education Officer:   Julia Percy
  Administration Assistant:   Helen Boyer

Strategic Aims

Our Vision is one where sustainability is central to the daily lives of everyone; our Mission is to enrich the environment and people's lives through providing unique opportunities to gain positive experiences of sustainability. Click here for more information on our Strategic Aims. (This opens a pdf document which requires Adobe Acrobat, downloadable here)