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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“Soil means dirt, crops and ploughing a field…”

The theme for Week 3 was ‘Catch and Store Energy.’ The first taught session with the class aimed to explore how natural systems function – specifically in the context of soil ecosystems and trophic pyramids. To begin we introduced the theme of soil, and asked students to think about something they probably hadn’t really thought…

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