Welsh Education Minister praises new community project

November 2019

Welsh Education Minister praises new community project

Photo caption: Pictured are pupils Emma, Gwenllian, Sophie and Oliver with (left to right) Tom Bean, Julian Owens South Hook LNG, Rosalyn Llewellin, Cllr Guy Woodham, Sonja Groves Head Coastlands School, Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM, Cllr Paul Harries, Trustee of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust and local County Councillor Reg Owens.

An exciting new project aimed at boosting children’s knowledge of local produce was launched at the end of November 2019, and we are delighted to be a part of it!

‘Roots’ is an entirely new project that we are involved with – partnering the recently formed Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust. It aims to forge links between local schools, Pembrokeshire producers and farmers, as well as the wider community.

Whilst the project officially starts in January 2020, children from Coastlands school were trialling ‘Roots’ during the autumn of 2019. From the harvesting of apples at St Brides, and then making chutney with the local branch of Dale W.I., to digging potatoes at an arable farm in St Ishmaels, children learned in a very interactive way.

The Welsh Government’s Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM, visited Coastlands CP School during November 2019, along with representatives of Pembrokeshire County Council, the National Parks Trust and South Hook LNG. The Minister described the project as ‘fantastic’ saying “It fills my heart with joy when I see such amazing work being done. This is a perfect example of what we can offer our children and it is wonderful to see how capable they are of embracing this project and learning from it.”

The Minister and other guests enjoyed tasting the apple chutney and apple juice made by the pupils, as well as slices of the heritage apples they picked in the orchard.
Roots is a project that echoes values of education, environment and wellbeing that are central to our ongoing community engagement at South Hook, and we are pleased to be working with the Trust in the delivery of the Roots/ Gwreiddiau project.

We look forward to an incredibly exciting 2020!
Photo caption: Chutney making at Coastlands School with members of the Women’s Institute.
Photo caption: Coastlands schoolchildren on Trewarren Farm, St Ishmaels.

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