The Centre of the Earth is the Wildlife Trust’s purpose built environmental education centre specialising in teaching and learning about sustainable development. It is situated in Winson Green - just 1.5 km from Birmingham City centre. In 1987 the Trust located the Norman Street site, which is next to the Soho Loop of the Birmingham canal. Originally a Corporation yard, this once derelict half-hectare site has been transformed with the help of the local community into an attractive and exciting natural landscape used as a learning resource and for play. After four years, the Centre of the Earth was complete, as Britain's first purpose designed and built Environmental Education Centre - surrounded by new wildlife habitats and environmental sculptures - it is visited by thousands of people every year.