About the Living Rainforest
The Living Rainforest Centre is run by the charity the Trust for Sustainable Living.
We welcome almost 100,000 visitors each year, including 26,000 children on school trips. Visitors can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest environment – and explore how plants, animals, human needs, economies and cultures are all linked.
The centre is home to over 750 species of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species of global conservation value.
About our charity
The Trust for Sustainable Living is a global educational charity, with the aim of helping the next generation to achieve a sustainable future.
In addition to running the centre, the charity achieves this aim by running an acclaimed international schools essay competition and debate involving over 1,700 school children and Teacher Champions in 80 countries.
The Living Rainforest has evolved over many years. Originally home to one of Europe’s leading orchid nurseries, in the early 90’s philanthropist Keith Bromley led its conversion into Wyld Court Rainforest visitor centre.
In 2000, after a short time under the World Land Trust, the centre was sold to Karl Hansen, who re-established it as a registered charity called The Living Rainforest, featuring ecosystem displays and free-roaming animals. The centre now includes our ‘Human Impact Building‘, Small Islands Rainforest and Sustainable Futures exhibit. The parent charity now works globally and is called the Trust for Sustainable Living.
Sustainability at the Living Rainforest
Wherever possible, we act as a sustainability demonstration centre and incorporate sustainable building materials, construction techniques and renewable energy sources into our buildings and operations.
Key sustainable design projects to date include our ‘Human Impact Building’ and biomass boiler completed in 2006.
Animal welfare at the Living Rainforest
We are proud of our high standards of animal welfare at the Living Rainforest centre. We ensure that our animals have the five basic freedoms for animals in captivity. We also strictly follow and go beyond BIAZA guidelines, and aim to allow animals to live as they would in the wild as far as possible.