Trust for Sustainable Living

Our history

The Trust for Sustainable Living charity is an international leader in sustainability learning, based at the Living Rainforest visitor centre in West Berkshire, UK.


For many decades, our site was home to one of Europe’s leading orchids nurseries. In 1993 it was converted into a rainforest visitor centre by philanthropist Keith Bromley and a top-notch horticultural team.


The Living Rainforest became a sustainability education charity, led by Karl Hansen (the charity was later renamed the Trust for Sustainable Living).


The Human Impact Building opened at the Living Rainforest, featuring demonstration sustainable materials and technologies such as passive ventilation, timber from well-managed forests, recycled newspaper insulation and a biomass boiler.


TSL International Schools Essay Competition & Debates launched.


TSL Schools Sustainability Challenge video competition launched.


Small Islands Glasshouse opened.


Sustainable Futures exhibit opened.


British Columbia government hosts the 2019 International Schools Debate on SDG 15 (Life on Land), following the 2018 Debates on SDG 14 (Life under Water) hosted by the Seychelles government.


The 10th anniversary Debates & Summit focus on PARTNER PARTNER and go online to help broaden engagement and reduce participation barriers globally. The event attracts over 1 million participants.


The Living Rainforest centre wins top prize at the School Travel Awards for Best Geography Learning Experience in the UK.


In follow-up to the UN COP26 summit, the TSL Competitions focus on Climate Justice.


In addition to repeating our School Travels Awards win, we were recognised as a Top 100 Social Enterprise and Highly Commended Climate Champion by NatWest & Pioneers Post