The Ecology Centre is a community based charity
The organisation came into being through an advisory group set up by people from the local community and residents of Craigencalt Farm. The purpose of the organisation, known then as Craigencalt Ecology Centre, was to develop and manage the Kinghorn Loch site for community use. In 2006 a decision was made to change the name of the organisation and today we are simply known as The Ecology Centre.
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With the help of the Scottish Land Fund, we were able to purchase the land at the east end of Kinghorn Loch, on which now houses our new centre and grounds. The grounds are currently being developed by staff and volunteers and will be used in the future for our growing projects, environmental education visits and outdoor volunteer days, our new site will continue to be a well-managed area of biodiversity and a haven for wildlife.
Volunteers and Staff
As our previous site grew, so did the need for additional volunteers and staff to help with the day to day running of the Centre. Today we have an army of volunteers who regularly attend the Centre and help with the many and varied tasks around the site. We employ 11 members of staff as well as providing employment training opportunities through Project Scotland and Community Jobs Scotland. We also accommodate school and college placements.
Environmental Education Programme
Environmental education has always been at the heart of The Ecology Centre. Demand for educational visits has grown and we now work with hundreds of school children each year helping them to understand the importance of and how to care for our environment.
The Ecology Centre Enterprise - "Out of the Wood"
In 2006 The Ecology Centre Enterprise was established as the trading arm of the charity. The Out of the Wood workshop produces individual, hand crafted, high quality and good value wooden products. All the profits raised from the sale of these goods are fed back into The Ecology Centre. We are experts in the production of outdoor classrooms and playground equipment. View our online catalogue to browse our log seats, wooden benches and outdoor seating products.