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Year 10 Wyre Forest Visit May 2014


GCSE Geography - Wyre Forest Visit May 2014

The year 10 GCSE Geography groups recently visited the Wyre Forest to see how a forest is managed and how all the different groups of people who use the forest are accommodated. This is linked to the exam topic of “Living World”.

The day started in the Discovery Centre with a member of the Education Team. She showed the group a power point presentation about the history of the Wyre Forest including how charcoal is made. It also included management of the trees in the forest and how when hardwood trees, such as oak, are cut down they will then re-grow several trunks replacing a single trunk. This is called “coppicing” and when we were given a guided walk through the forest we were shown examples of this.

On the guided walk we were lucky to have timed our visit this year to see all the bluebells growing, we then discovered it is illegal to pick bluebells! The groups were shown the different layers of the forest and also the damage caused by both squirrels and deer. All the signposts in the forest are made of wood and are then colour coded to show the different routes around the forest. There are several orienteering routes as well as Go Ape; a Junior Go Ape for children aged 5-10 is also nearly completed.

The group were shown how a “honeypot” site was created providing a car park, café and play area along with maps of the forest to show different routes that walkers, cyclists and horse riders could use. This is to ensure that motorists do not park all over the forest causing damage and to keep visitors to selected areas. The honeypot site also encourages different age groups to visit as there are various facilities, a playground for pre-school children and Go Ape aimed mostly at teenagers to 30 year olds. These are groups who may not necessarily want to visit the forest.

On our return to school the groups wrote up their notes as a case study to help them complete exam questions.

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Photographs from this trip taken by staff and student Isabella can be seen HERE