The Sustainability Centre shortlisted for an award!
Wednesday, 14th March 2012

The Sustainability Centre, home of Permaculture magazine, has been shortlisted for a GREEN TOURISM GOLDSTAR award. We are one of three activity centres in Britain and Ireland chosen. But we need your votes to win!

The Sustainability Centre is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2012 for the greenest activity centre. The award is in recognition of the facilities and activities offered by the site as an independent and self-financing education and learning centre. The shortlist is compiled from the highest scoring Gold graded businesses from 2011, representing the greenest 2% of the total 2400 Green Tourism Business Scheme membership. The public will be asked to chose the winner.

Paul Jeffries the Green Tourism assessor said, "The Sustainability Centre is a beacon for sustainable good practice. There is an excellent range of 'green' information and interpretation as an educational facility, strong community links, and best practice in terms of biomass boiler, wool fleece insulation, triple glazing, use of solar/PV and green energy tariff. Organic, fair trade and vegetarian food is championed, and the eco water treatment soakaway should be a great PR story as with every month it becomes more fully established."

We need your vote!

Besides the possibility of winning the award as the best activity centre in Britain and Ireland, 'The People's Choice' will be presented to the shortlisted business that achieves the highest number of votes from the general public. The People's Choice Award will be based on the number of 'likes' our entry achieves on the Green Tourism Week Facebook Page between now and the closing time of 12 midnight on Monday 7th May. The awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Edinburgh on Friday 25th May.

Please vote and help us put the Sustainability Centre and its commitment to low carbon solutions, permacultural education and design and put us more firmly on the map. Simply go to and 'like' our photograph. Couldn't be simpler!

About the Centre

The Sustainability Centre is a 55 acre former naval based set in the South Downs National Park. It is a charity that offers all kinds of activities and courses for adults and children, from curriculum linked environmental education to full permaculture design courses and arts and crafts and more. We believe in learning by doing, experiencing by immersion and that being green is both practical and inspiring. The centre also runs a woodland burial area and is host to green businesses (including Permaculture magazine) and other local projects that promote social inclusion. We offer opportunities to young people who do not ordinarily get a chance to visit a beautiful rural area and experience our woodland setting and learn new skills. Our work literally changes people's lives for the better.

The centre has an extensive photovoltaic system linked to Good Energy that provides at least a third of all our electricity, solar panels for hot water, a WETsystem that organically processes all our waste water (black and grey), treebogs, a beautiful woodland classroom built by Ben Law and his Roundwood Timber Framing Company with apprentices and volunteers, an eco-lodge for guests and a campsite with a cob oven and solar showers. We even have a delicious organic café. We are based directly on the South Down Way and welcome day and residential visitors.

We run the South Downs Green Fair every May which attract thousands of visitors. This year it will be on May 13th. Come and meet the people who run Permaculture magazine, bring your kids and join in with our free children's activities, enjoy a local pint and live music and some delicious organic food. There will be lots of stalls, groups and exhibitions as well.

To find out more about all of our facilities, courses and services see