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Sutton Ecology Centre

Sutton Ecology Centre is part of the London Borough of Sutton's Biodiversity Team and is the main resource for environmental education in the borough

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The grounds are an excellent place for a stroll and to find out about wildlife habitats, alternative energy, recycling, composting, organic and wildlife gardening. The Centre runs educational visits for schools and community groups, as well as events for adults, families and childrenvolunteer days and much much more.

Aims of the Centre:

  • To create better understanding of our local and global environment.
  • To encourage involvement in our environment by the whole community.
  • To serve as a base for environmental action throughout the Borough.

For all events, please see the Events page

View our index page for a full range of what we do, how we came about and what we have to offer.

What's new

You can now discover our grounds by following the Sutton Ecology Centre Trail.  The trail includes the Nature, Heritage and Sensory aspects of our grounds.  Pick up a trail leaflet from the leaflet dispenser outside The Old Rectory, Festival Walk.

To Contact the Friends of Sutton Ecology Centre or for general enquiries or about becoming a Friend, telephone Angela on 0208 647 3858, or email or view the Friends of Sutton Ecology Centre Website (link opens new window).

Opening times

The grounds are open to the public from 09:00 until sunset, Monday through Sunday, all year round.  Please note that the centre is staffed Monday through Friday, 09:00 - 5pm.

If you would like some advice and information, please call us on 020 8770 5820 before your visit, as we are often teaching or out in the grounds.

How to get there

  • Train: five minutes from Carshalton Station.
  • Bus: Bus numbers 127 and 157 stop at the end of North Street. 407 on Pound Street.
  • Car: The nearest car park is on Carshalton High Street.

There is disabled parking only at the centre. Access for disabled people is possible to the grounds and part of the building. Sorry, no dogs except guide dogs. You are welcome to bring a picnic but please respect our grounds and take your litter away.

Address: Sutton Ecology Centre
The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3NY

For information telephone: 020 8770 5820


Sutton Ecology Centre grounds

The grounds are an excellent place for a stroll, or to find out about wildlife habitats, composting, organic and wildlife gardening.

Ecology Centre Index

Links to all pages relating to The Ecology Centre.

Volunteering at Sutton Ecology Centre

Volunteers are essential to the running of the Ecology Centre. They come from many different backgrounds.

Community groups

Sutton Ecology Centre is a great place to bring your community group.

History - how the Ecology Centre came to be

The Grounds of the Ecology Centre were until recent years known as the 'Lodgelands', as they were the old gardens of The Lodge in Carshalton. They were used as a tree nursery by the Parks Department until the early eighties, when they became surplus to requirements. After a public debate on the future use of the Lodgelands, in 1987 it was formally agreed to preserve the area as an open space for public use.

How to get to the Ecology Centre

Visiting the Ecology Centre.

Sutton Ecology Centre Eco Code

At Sutton Ecology Centre we try to reduce our impact on the world we all live in by following these simple guidelines:

School Sessions Provided by Sutton Ecology Centre

Sutton Ecology Centre is your local Environmental Education provider! We aim to provide inspiring places to deliver the National Curriculum, encourage children and young people to develop an interest in the natural world, give children a chance to discover Sutton's nature in a safe environment and teach using a variety of different learning styles to include all students.

Activities for Children

Are you aged between 4 and 12 years old? Do you want to have fun and find out fascinating facts about nature? A huge variety of exciting activities from art to pond dipping means there is something for everyone to enjoy.