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Sights and Sounds of the Countryside is a StillWalks project funded by Swansea Rural Development Fund (Countryside Connections), Welsh Assembly Government Sustainable Development Fund and Literature Wales and Crowd Funding.

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The Project - StillWalks is working with three primary schools and a community group to develop their interest, understanding and enthusiasm for their local natural environments and create resources that will encourage a sustainable approach to further environmental conservation work which may be carried out later in the year through the John Muir Award.

Aims

Sights and Sounds of the Countryside is a project that will work with a Year 5 class (30 x 9 - 10 yr olds) from each of 3 primary schools and a community group (10 - 15 people) to produce a DVD of four videos aimed at:

  • Supporting and developing young people’s awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment.
  • Promoting to the participating communities, understanding of and involvement in their local natural environments.
  • Prompting schools and communities to interact in a sustainable way with the natural environment.
  • Providing an environmental and cultural focus and resource for future cross curricular and community work.

Ongoing work on the project which has a completion date at the end of March 2013 can be seen on the project Facebook page.

Below are the four videos from the project and links to the project exhibitions.

Happy, Muddy People - Felindre Families walking from Felindre to Lower Lliw Reservoir. Click here to see the Felindre project exhibition. Walk Location. How to get there.

Raining in the Woods - Pontarddulais Primary in Coedbach Park. Click here to see the Pontarddulais project exhibition.

Marching Feet, Crackling Leaves - Pontlliw Primary School at Llys Nini Woodland. Click here to see the Pontlliw project exhibition. Walk location.

Windy Day at Knelston - Knelston Primary School. Click here to see the Knelston project exhibition. Walk location. How to get there.

Some of the comments made about the Project Exhibitions -

"Some really great poems from the Year 5 pupils and some beautiful photos included!" (12/03/13)

"Very enjoyable!" (18/03/13)

"How lovely to see children enjoying our wonderful countryside. Keep up the good work." (18/03/13)

"Well done to all concerned. Lovely to see children enjoying the countryside". (19/03/13)

"I love it - great photos and really good opportunity for pupils to 'have a go'. I love the squelchy boots - sounds are great and very evocative. Well done." (22/03/13)

"Important to encourage appreciation of the countryside 'on the doorstep' and the beauty of our locality. Thank you. Diolch yn fawr." (22/03/13)