Working with officers and volunteers from the Canal and River Trust, the
24 school children have started the first of a series of workshops and days out which will take place during autumn, winter, spring and summer to help them undertake species identification and experience the canal in all seasons.
The brand new initiative – funded by EU Interreg IVB NWE project as part of the Rural Alliances project and delivered by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and the Canal Legacy Group – has appointed creative write Michael Church and illustrator Rachel Best from Arts Alive to help the children illustrate the wildlife and fauna that they see in and around the pond at locks 66-68, as well as capture their thoughts and feelings of the canal and its history.
At the end of the project a printed leaflet will be published in July 2014 aimed at inspiring 7-10 year olds who are visiting or holidaying along the canal.
Mrs Julie Lewis, Acting Head Teacher at Llangynidr Community Primary School said: “What a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be invited to become involved in the local canal pond project. The children had a fantastic time at their first workshop and really enjoyed not only the walk but the art workshop and the opportunity to get wet and muddy! They
can’t wait to go again in January. Contributing to the visitors leaflet will be a great privilege and an ideal opportunity to develop their literacy skills in such an innovative and fun way.”
Cllr Jeff Holmes, Member for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, who
is also a Board Member of the Canal and River Trust said: “There’s nothing that compares to taking a classroom outside to learn. This fabulous project will help engage local children in the canal’s historical legacy and experience the fauna and wildlife that inhabits it. Once the leaflet is produced we hope that it will educate and inspire our smaller visitors for generations to follow.”
Recently reappointed Member to the Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority, Cllr Rosemarie Harris said the new leaflet will be more than welcome in Llangyndir. She said, “For the children in Llangyndir Community Primary School this project will really capture their imagination and spirit of adventure. I am very grateful to the volunteers and officers who put so much time and effort into creating this project which will serve the Llangynidr Community and its visitors for many years to come.”
Rural Alliances builds on the success of the work achieved by the COLLABOR8 Project – a project also backed by Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme which finished at the end of June 2012.