Gilwern Outdoor Adventure

The Covid pandemic has hit the outdoor industry hard but we have been lucky to have the support of MonLife, Monmouthshire County Council and Welsh Government.

Since the beginning of the year we have been a re-engagement program working with targeted Monmouthshire pupils.

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme has been running throughout the pandemic with online meetings and now staff are happy to be back in schools working face to face. The weather may not be ready for us but the expeditions season has started and it will be a very busy summer.

As things start to reopen we look at the changes that have taken place over the last 15 months. MonLife are also looking at investment into the Gilwern Outdoor Adventure Centre – some really exciting times ahead.

As we await the next review from the Department for Education on when residential trips can recommence we have in the meantime been working with local schools delivering activities on the school sites. This is part of a wider program we are developing as adventurous outdoor activities are now part of the new national curriculum.

The increasing levels of outdoor learning in schools as a result of the pandemic is a positive which we all need to engage with, embrace and enjoy whatever the weather.