The Centre of the Earth is the Wildlife Trust’s purpose built environmental centre specialising in teaching and learning about wildlife, the environment and sustainable development. It is in Winson Green - just 1.5 km from Birmingham City centre.
The Centre of the Earth has provided opportunities for learning in areas such as:
- Conservation of wildlife and biodiversity
- Discovering the wealth and variety of urban wildlife
- Global climate change and its impact on people and wildlife
- Energy conservation and combating fuel poverty
We are a Learning Outside the Classroom accredited site and every year thousands of young people take part in the exciting and varied wildlife and environmental education activities offered by the Centre of the Earth. The Centre is also widely known for the training it offers teachers to help them to use exciting and innovative activities in and around their school.
The Centre of the Earth is also an important community resource and is sometimes available for use by local community groups and environmental organisations looking for a unique and flexible venue for meetings and activities, although at present the building is unavailable due to a long-term hire.
The Centre's Story
In 1987 the Trust found the Norman Street site, which is next to the Soho Loop of the Birmingham canal. Originally a Corporation yard, this once derelict half-hectare site has been transformed with the help of the local community into an attractive and exciting natural landscape used as a learning resource and for play.
After four years, the Centre of the Earth was complete, as Britain's first purpose designed and built Environmental Education Centre - surrounded by new wildlife habitats and environmental sculptures - it is visited by thousands of people every year.
The Centre building, 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.
Visiting the Centre of the Earth
The rooms at the Centre of the Earth are currently hired out on a medium-term basis, but the gounds can still be used for educational purposes. For future opportunities about using the site or taking part in activities please contact us on 0121 454 1199.
Centre of the Earth
42 Norman Street,
Birmingham. B18 7EP
By Foot or Bicycle
Cyclists and walkers may prefer to reach the city centre along the canals, especially on a fine day, rather than following the A457 Dudley Road. At Brindley Place near the City Centre head along the Mainline Canal towards Wolverhampton and turn right onto the Soho Loop at the signposted junction.
By Public Transport
Bus routes include 82,87 and 88 from the town centre run to the City Hospital on Dudley Road. City centre bus stops have recently changed - click here to download a map of their new positions.
You may catch the Metro service from Snow Hill station to Winson Green Outer Circle Stationabout 15 minutes walk from the Centre of the Earth.
The Centre of the Earth is about 2km from Birmingham City Centre. Follow the Outer Ring Road heading for the west of the city and then take the A457 Dudley Road. Turn right immediately after the City Hospital.