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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

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Outdoor Learning Association creation - update
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Outdoor Learning Association creation - update

..and info on free online Info and Q&A Sessions

We have for some time shared with you the possibility of bringing together a variety of bodies in order for us to create a platform for IOL members to belong which truly represents the professionals working in the outdoor environment.

Thank you to those that managed to respond to the survey on this proposal and for your patience with the length of time this journey has taken.  

The update document is downloadable here sets out where we are in this process of development and the next stages for all those organisations concerned.


Three online Information and Q&A sessions

We will continue to send out updates in accordance with the timelines set out in this document. We hope this provides you with a clear picture of what to expect next and when. Your discussion, comments, and questions are valued, welcomed, and needed as we continue this exciting journeyof development and growth.

Please feel free to contact your organisation representatives directly or consider attending one of the three online Information and Q&A sessions.

The dates and Zoomlinks for these are below.

There is no need to pre-register.

1. OLA Online Info Event: 25th May 2022, 7pm. Join here.

2. OLA Online Info Event: 27th July 2022, 9.30am. Join here.

3. OLA Online Info Event 28th September 2022, 7pm. Join here.


We will monitor the timings and frequency of these online sessions over the coming months and adjust as required.

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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

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru


Go to the Wales Facebook page for pictures, videos, reports and updates.


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