VAP’s work in the UK > Past projects > Clow Beck Eco Centre
Clow Beck Eco-Centre is an environmental project situated on 40 acres of farmland. The Centre is designed to give children an educational experience, showing them that, in contrast to the modern way of life based on high technology, there are alternative lifestyles based on simple, practical and sustainable solutions to the problems of everyday living.
When completed, the farm will be able to accommodate up to 40 visitors. The design of the buildings is radical, using organic and man-made materials such as straw bales and car tyres.
The Centre is situated south of Darlington and is within reach of several other large towns from which local children visit the project.
VAP organised two international workcamps here in 2006 and 2007 and also used the centre for the training weekend for volunteers going to projects included in our North-South Programme in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2006 the volunteers extended the paths down towards the river (the beck) and in 2007 they helped with the straw bale buildings.