South Powys Outdoor Learning Network Group

South Powys OLW Network Group hold meetings at various schools in the Brecon area and also at the National Trust's Forest School site at Carno Wood near Libanus. The group usually meet three or four times a year.

Many members are teachers but the group includes representatives from Natural Resources Wales, the National Trust, Careers Wales and Brecknock Wildlife Trust.

The network group provides an opportunity for those with an interest in outdoor learning opportunities for children and young people in South Powys to network and gain advice. Currently, the group is supporting a number of its members to complete level three Forest School training.

South Powys OLW network group applied for the Woodland Olympics Grant, which was offered by OLW. They used the grant to pay for a willow weaving training session run by Out to Learn Willow. Fourteen people from local schools and organisations attended the free session. They learnt about growing and harvesting willow and also practised weaving skills by making willow rings, fish and hearts. The new skills enabled those that attended to run a ‘Willow Olympics’ event in their school or setting with activities such as weaving the Olympic rings logo and weaving hurdles for a hurdles race.  

The network group also held a two-day Forest School Open event. The event was held at the Forest School site in woodland shared by Mount Street Infant and Junior Schools. It was funded by an OLW grant, which was match funded by Careers Wales, Powys Education Authority and Community Focused Schools. The event provided an excellent opportunity for 257 children and 20 teachers from 11 local schools to experience how worthwhile and valuable outdoor experiences can be used to enhance the curriculum.

New members are always welcome!

For more information please email:tim.bennett@nationaltrust.org.uk