Woodland lessons fire student’s teaching ambitions

Bookmark and Share Nod tudalen & Rhannu
14 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14770

This news story is now over a year old and information may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It might also contain obsolete links.
Please use our search link on the left to look for more recent information.

A university student’s ambition to become a geography teacher received a boost when she saw how our woodlands can be used to educate children.

Ffion Jones, from Bala, watched Forestry Commission Wales education officers use tried and tested outdoor learning techniques to bring lessons to life for children in North Wales.

Ffion, 20, joined the Commission’s Woodlands for Learning team for five weeks through a sponsorship scheme known as Amnawdd, which aims to increase the number of Welsh speakers working in environmental fields.

The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, student helped education officers deliver lessons to children of all ages through mini-beast hunts, Forest School sessions – and a session on the Celts.

Ffion said, “I’ve had a really enjoyable time and learnt a lot about using woodlands as a stimulating outdoor learning environment.

“Having had the opportunity to experience so many different learning activities has definitely made me more determined to follow my aim of becoming a teacher.”

The Amnawdd scheme is a partnership between Forestry Commission Wales, the Countryside Council for Wales and Environment Agency Wales.

It gives £1,000 in sponsorship to students who are following an environment-related course at a Welsh university and who are studying at least 40 credits through the medium of Welsh.

Students are also guaranteed a suitable work placement, for which they receive a bursary of £500 to help with the costs of carrying it out.

Before leaving the Woodlands for Learning team, Ffion attended the annual education conference in Garwnant, Merthyr Tydfil, on 7 July which this year focused on promoting careers within forestry to teenagers.

Woodlands for Learning team leader Sue Williams said, “We wish Ffion all the best with her career and hope our paths cross again sometime in the future.”

Caption: Ffion Jones outside the FC Wales office in Clawdd Newydd, near Ruthin, where she was based.

Notes to Editors

A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

The Woodlands for Learning team delivers woodland based learning experiences throughout Wales, supports the development and delivery of Forest School and facilitates the Forest Education Initiative on behalf of its partners.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email