Use Slow and Small Solutions – Principle 9

Principle 9- Use small and slow solutions We have had a very proactive day again in the field with Mr Emyr Jones and students from Llanfyllin High School with spring in the air and energies high as half term term is fast approaching, the students did a fantastic job at laying the weed matting as…

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Fruit tree Treasure map

A lot of fun and laughter was had again today at Cae Bodfah as we used the maps drawn up by the Llanfyllin High School students last autumn to locate and label all the different fruit trees in the orchard. It was good going to navigate the map and locate every single piece of fruit…

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Humble Hedgerows and Landscape Connectivity

This winter we have planted over 400 native trees and shrubs at Cae Bodfach with local volunteers, MENCAP and Llanfyllin high school students in the form of shelter belts and hedgerows. Go Team! A mixed variety of native tree and shrubs including Hazel, Dog rose, Blackthorn and Elder were planted to fill in the gaps…

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Building a Living Willow Dome at Cae Bodfach Community Orchard

On Friday 9th March we were down at Cae Bodfach Community Orchard building a Living Willow Dome with assistance from the Willow Bank, Living Willow specalists since 1985. The Dome is adjacent to what will soon become a medicinal herb garden, which we started mapping out on the site a couple of months ago. Activities…

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Reflecting on Classroom Experiences so Far…

Last week saw the end of the first phase of our One School One Planet classroom sessions. Over the last five weeks we have completed five units of our programme with a year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate class (click to be taken to a write-up about the session): Unit 1: Creatively Use and Respond to Change….

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“Everything can impact everything…”

The principle that we explored in Week 5 was ‘Systems and Limits,’ as an introduction to systems thinking and specifically the role of feedback. Natural systems function through interacting feedback loops, and there is a lot we could learn from paying attention to this fact. To begin Wednesday’s session we asked students to give us…

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“They got the soil to come alive…”

The theme for Week 4 was ‘Obtain a Yield.’ To begin, and drawing on our emphasis on soil in the previous week, we asked the students to read through a  newspaper article about a recent speech from the current UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. We asked the students…

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