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Students from Pembrokeshire College, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Portfield School recently found themselves featuring on the well-known BBC Countryfile programme as part of their John Muir Discover Award after their project caught the attention of the BBC.
In early January members of the John Muir Discover Award team met at the Iron Age fort, Castell Henllys, to carry out an important conservation task and participate in filming for an upcoming BBC Countryfile programme.
The group, made up of students from Portfield School in Haverfordwest, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Pembrokeshire College’s Health Science course had been meeting weekly since September 2013 to pursue the John Muir Discover Award, which they all successfully completed in December of last year. The award, delivered by Mark Bond of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, required the students to spend numerous days visiting various ‘Wild Places’ around the county where they explored and conserved the environment whilst sharing the experiences gained. The group participated in beach, river, upland and woodland based sessions where they formed a real connection with nature and contributed to some important conservation projects around the county.
When the BBC Countryfile team heard about the group’s experiences they decided to come and film them for their programme. The task for the day was to mend the walls of the Iron Age Round Houses at Castell Henllys. This involved the students following the historic method of daubing a special mix of clay, straw and cow manure onto the walls. It was an extremely mucky job but it was met with the levels of enthusiasm and determination that the group has become known for. The students took turns producing the mix, ferrying barrow-loads of it around the ancient village and daubing in on the walls. A huge effort meant that the largest among the roundhouses at Castell Henllys was entirely re-daubed and it looked very impressive as the sun shone down onto the fort near Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Working with the BBC was a wonderful experience for the young people who were also interviewed by Countryfile host Ellie Harrison about the task they had undertaken. Your Park Discovery Ranger Mark Bond had this to say in tribute to his group: “It has been a fantastic project to be involved with from start to finish. This is a quite exceptional group of young people who quickly grasped the meaning and potential of this John Muir Award and made lasting connections, not only with the natural world but also with themselves and each other. It’s so fitting that the project ended with a task such as this, and having the BBC come and celebrate what we’ve achieved was just the icing on the cake.”
The episode was aired on BBC1 on Sunday 26th January and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/SasXTx0_NII