Moving Forward With Sustainability At The Derbyshire Eco Centre
The Derbyshire Eco Centre is set within the grounds of the National Stone Centre just a short journey from Wirksworth. It’s fundamental purpose to create an awareness of sustainability within our society. As such, it runs short courses on a huge variety of subjects that focus on being friendly to our planet.
The Building And Grounds
The man behind the design of the Derbyshire Eco Centre is Patrick Watson. His architectural skills have incorporated a
The construction of the build is
There is a second phase planned which will allow the building to become completely self-sufficient in respect to its
The facilities included are:
- A large multi-purpose area where courses in subjects such as heritage building skills, renewable energy, arts, and crafts can be learned.
- There’s a clean teaching space where lectures and theoretical subjects can be covered. This includes network connections.
- An office base.
- Outside there is a canopy which allows for practical courses to be held
- There is further space available within the grounds for craft and energy demonstrations/courses.
- W/C, washroom and shower facilities.
A Wide Variety Of Courses Available
With a focus on sustainability the courses held at the Derbyshire Eco Centre cover a vast array of subjects. In fact there are more than 150 courses available throughout the year.
There are many short courses that include one-day and weekend work-shops. For the most part these are practical courses although there are also supporting subjects such as maths, writing and computer skills available.
Below is just an example of just a few of the courses available at the
- Family Paper Making
- Family Mosaic Making
- Family Pottery
- Dry Stone Walling Taster
- Ceramic Tiles
- Introduction to Horticulture
- Introduction to Pole Lathing
- Landscape Photography
- Incredible Edible Gardens
- Book Binding
- Decorative Stone Carving
- Green Roofs
- Introduction to Stained Glass
The cost for these courses are very reasonable and in some cases they are FREE.
Many of these courses would make an ideal gift for someone and there are vouchers available –
If you’re interested in using the centre to hold courses on subjects that are not covered in the guide you can contact the centre. You’ll receive expert guidance on the availability of tutors for your chosen subject and
For public trasport details contact: traveline.info or 0871 200 2233
The Trent Barton bus 6.1 bus stop: Steeple Grange, National Stone Centre.
Travelling by car or bike see the map below.
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