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IOL Wales/Cymru

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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

Wales Regional Events

Wales Regional News

Outdoor education centre fights school trip ban in Wales
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Outdoor education centre fights school trip ban in Wales

A pre-action protocol letter has been sent on behalf of Rhos y Gwaliau, IOL Members in Gwynedd, run by Sara and Ed Jones for 16 years. They are fighting the school trip ban in Wales by seeking a judicial review of the "irrational" decision to restrict residential stays.

Competitors over the border have been open for weeks, with residential visits allowed in England from 17 May and 31 May in Scotland.

The Welsh government said the rules were in place to keep people safe.

Sara and Ed Jones said restrictions in Wales remained much tighter, resulting in schools potentially favouring trips elsewhere in the UK.

Currently in Wales, up to three extended households can share accommodation. But overnight school trips are not allowed, except small group visits using single accommodation, such as Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Mrs Jones said: "We want to hear the evidence for preventing overnight stays at outdoor education centres - so far we have received no justification at all.

"Why should children who are already operating within a bubble for educational purposes be treated the same as a group of non-related adults? And how is a bubble of school children sharing a dorm worse than 200 adults cramming inside a Boeing 737?

"Children and education should be a higher priority and viewed separately from the general public - they are a lower risk group in terms of age and cases have remained flat in schools."

'Lost two summers'

She added: "We have now been continually closed since March 2020 - we haven't had a bumper summer in 2020 like many tourism and hospitality businesses.

"We are a year-round business but, as you would expect, summer is our busiest time.

"We have now lost two summers - two peak seasons of business - and still have no idea when we are likely to be able to resume trading. To add to that, our costs will now rise again with the tapering furlough as it did last summer.

"We have now had to weather this storm twice - it's an absurd situation and it needs to be reviewed urgently."

Read the full BBC News report here.....

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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Craig Armiger

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

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