Monmouthshire OLW network group has approximately 20 members, representing a wide range of organisations and individuals who have an interest in some aspect of the local environment. One or more teachers from local schools come to as many meetings as they can, as do representatives from Brecon Beacons National Park, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Coed Cymru, NRW, Wye Valley AONB, Monmouthshire County Council, and National Trust.
Network Group members find the group useful for making contact with people who can help with a particular project, for example providing a log circle in school grounds, or for sharing ideas and keeping up to date with what is going on in forestry and environmental education in Monmouthshire. The Group provides a source of information about funding for education projects and resources available to education providers, such as the new Monmouthshire County Council Countryside Code interactive display which is currently visiting local schools.
Meetings take place three or four times a year and the location varies to give members a chance to visit relevant outdoor learning sites including Forest School areas around the county. For example, meetings have taken place at Durand Primary School in Caldicot, where the group was able to explore the conservation area and at Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Magor Marsh Reserve.
The Monmouthshire OLW Network Group has undertaken several OLW funded projects in recent years, including tree nurseries at Shirenewton Primary School and Mounton House Special School, a wood sculpture project in Abergavenny, the Forest Schools for Monmouthshire Project and of course the fantastic Goytre Wharf Literacy Trail.
New members are welcome to attend Monmouthshire OLW Network Group meetings.
To find out when the next meeting is please email: MarkLangley@monmouthshire.gov.uk