‘On Friday 24 January, Lower Sixth Geography students travelled to Betws-y-Coed, North Wales to carry out fieldwork and research on rural and urban rebranding and coastal managements schemes.
The fieldwork began early on the Saturday when we donned multiple layers of clothing, waterproofs and walking boots to face the cold and wet weather. We set out for Llanberis, an old slate mining town and Llandudno, a seaside tourist town, where we collected data and information about the two areas and how they had changed to attract new visitors and business.
The third day’s fieldwork took place in another coastal town, Criccieth, which had invested in a variety of coastal management schemes to protect its coastline. As part of the coastal fieldwork we produced short documentary-style videos about the cost of the schemes, identified how they work and judged their success. Each of the days’ fieldwork was followed up and reinforced by evening lessons back at the field centre.
On the final day, we visited a Welsh farmer who explained his management of the farmland and the difficulties and benefits associated with his farming style.
Finally, a walk around Cwm Idwal offered breathtaking views of the surrounding mountainous landscape.
Our trip was not only informative and essential for the course, but also very enjoyable despite the bitterly cold, wet and windy conditions of Wales.'
Andrew Berry (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne)