In July 2014, The Ecology Centre purchased 5 acres of land on the eastern shore of Kinghorn Loch in Fife. For the 15 years previously, we had operated from nearby Craigencalt Farm until the lease came to an end. By February 2015, plans and funding were in place for a new building thanks to the support of the Big Lottery, The Robertson Trust, Fife Council and others. Building work was completed in September 2015.
The new building, designed by Architect Stuart Hannah of ADD Design, is built to ‘passivhaus’ standard, offering exceptional levels of energy efficiency. Wherever possible, we have used natural, recycled or recyclable materials. A key feature is the use of old shipping containers, refurbished and insulated to provide workshop and storage space.
The building provides a base for our volunteers, visitors and staff as well as for our room hire. Since we moved to the site we’ve worked hard to transform the grounds. We inherited a barren area of grass and car parks and since 2015 we’ve developed paths, play areas, growing spaces, woodland, wild flower meadows, ponds, habitats for amphibians and more besides with the aim of enhancing biodiversity and providing opportunities for environmental education, volunteering and enjoying the outdoors.