Pupils scoop environmental trip away for whole class!
Schoolchildren from two schools in South Wales have helped the UK’s leading environmental education charity celebrate its 80th birthday by planting new trees.
Pupils from Mynydd Cynffig Primary School in Bridgend and Bodringallt Primary School in Rhondda also got to enjoy an action-packed residential trip to the Field Studies Council’s Margam Park Discovery Centre near Port Talbot.
The schools were invited to take part in the milestone celebrations after winning a design competition.
The Field Studies Council asked pupils across Wales to design a badge to highlight all the great activities on offer at Margam Park.
The prize for the two winners was a free two-night residential trip to Margam for 36 of their classmates, and the chance to help plant one of two new trees at the centre to mark the charity’s anniversary.
A total of 80 new trees are being planted this year across all of the Field Studies Council’s UK sites.
Siân Lane, the manager of the Margam Park Discovery Centre, said: “We had some fabulous designs sent in and it was really hard to choose the winners, but the two pupils at Mynydd Cynffig Primary and Bodringallt Primary really encapsulated what we do here at the centre.
“The brief asked for a design that was bright and bold, so that it would look good when made into a 75mm wide round pin badge. The winning designs were brilliantly thought out, and really did communicate a strong love of being outdoors.
“We were very excited to welcome pupils from the two schools to our centre for their prize trip and we all had a tremendous time exploring the centre and taking part in various activities including a wild woodland safari, orienteering, pond dipping, bug hunting, mammal studying and a visit to the farm.
“They also enjoyed a campfire and even created more fabulous artwork by making beautiful thank you cards for the centre staff!”
A Bill is currently going through the Senedd which, if passed, would guarantee all Welsh pupils at least one residential outdoor learning experience during their school career.
Sam Rowlands MS, who is leading on the Bill, wants all children in Wales to be given access to a residential visit, regardless of their local authority or their family income.
The Field Studies Council, which has for more than 80 years provided outdoor learning experiences, is fully supporting the bill in Wales.