Climate change fun at Garwnant

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31 MARCH 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14540

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Children got a laugh out of climate change recently – but the fun and games at Garwnant Visitor Centre carried a serious message.

The children, aged between seven and 11, took part in a three-day event at the Forestry Commission Wales centre to celebrate Climate Week.

Six schools from Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Powys, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent took part in lively activities which unravelled the complex and difficult subject of climate change and how trees and woodlands can help to combat it.

The highlight of the event, run by the FC Wales Woodlands for Learning team, was the launch of the Commission’s climate change pack.

The new pack enables teachers to explain climate change to children in a practical and fun way, linked to the Key Stage 2 curriculum for Science, Geography, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) and Personal and Social Skills.

It includes a wealth of information about carbon storage and the carbon content of trees, making charcoal over a fire and the importance of trees and wood products in tackling climate change.

Karen Clarke, Education Officer in South Wales, said, “We hope that we got the message across that the trees and woodlands of Wales have a vital part to play in tackling climate change.

“The children really enjoyed themselves, which means they will retain a lot of key information learnt while taking part in these fun activities.”

The climate change pack, which includes resources and activity descriptions, is available on the FC Wales website and follow the links for learning.

If anyone would like more information or would like to book a visit during the spring or summer term, contact Karen Clarke or their local Education Officer on 0300 068 0300.

The schools involved were Hengoed Primary, Goetre Juniors, Gwauncelyn Primary, Willowtown Primary, Llangas Primary and Hay on Wye County Primary.

Caption: Children from Gwauncelyn school have fun during the climate change event at Garwnant.

Notes to Editors

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages the 126,000 hectares/311,000 acres of woodlands owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

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