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Inspiring and educating children about sustainability and the natural environment through exciting hands-on experiences including school camp, summer camp, workshops and forest school. Based in Cornwall, our focus is green education, and our mission is to reconnect and engage children with the natural world, inspiring them to live more sustainably. 

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6 Day Environmental Adventure Day 4

Claire Coombe

Another action packed day unfolded here at camp with archery, climbing and natural dyeing. We feasted on homemade soup with Cornish cheeses for lunch followed by a traditional Cornish cream tea which went down a treat. In the evening the four junk band jam groups came together for an evening performance in the Willow Circle. Please visit our Instagram here if you would like to see them in action and for more photos from the last few days.

 

 

 

6 Day Environmental Adventure Day 3

Claire Coombe

Today we woke up to gorgeous sunshine and made the most of it with an early morning paddle along the river from Malpas. While some were kayaking, others were busy designing and silk screen printing t-shirts with Dena. In the afternoon Tristan returned and the last of the toasting forks were forged while others were taught the basics of stone carving. 

This evening was the much anticipated cob oven pizza dinner. We worked in pairs to mix, roll and top our pizza dough and also made delicious crumbles with fruits harvested from the garden and foraged from the hedgerows. After dinner it time for team challenges before gathering round the campfire to christen the marshmallow toasting forks!

 

6 Day Environmental Adventure Day 2

Claire Coombe

Today was a super busy day at camp packing in lots of exciting activities including forging toasting forks, stone carving, lino printing, green woodworking and natural dyeing. We split into small groups to explore and have a go at these different traditional crafts and skills. Adventurers replenished their energy with a hearty meal of bangers & mash followed by Eton Mess and, after dinner, enjoyed a visit from Sharon the Falconer who brought some beautiful birds of prey for the group to meet. Some were lucky enough to have Rocky the Barn Owl fly to them from across the field and land on their outstretched arm! 

We gathered around the campfire in the evening for some campfire songs and deluxe hot chocolates before turning in for the night. We've got an early start tomorrow to coordinate with the tide times for kayaking and can also look forward to silk screen printing and climbing. 

6 Day Environmental Adventure - Day 1

Claire Coombe

A group of intrepid environmental adventurers arrived at Paddington Station this morning, rucksacks and wheelie suitcases at the ready to board the 07:49 to sunny Cornwall! We arrived in Truro to blue skies and sunshine and made our way to camp to meet the rest of the group arriving from across the country and beyond. 

It was great to see so many familiar faces returning to camp for the second and third time and also welcome some new environmental adventurers to camp for their first experience. After a tour of camp and an opportunity to settle into structures with new tent mates it was time to prepare our first meal. A crew got to work in the kitchen and another team headed to the garden to pick produce including carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and edible flowers and other herbs to season the burgers. Dinner was delicious - luckily though our intrepid adventurers still had a bit of space available to accommodate the sampling of some edible insects which were cooked up into lots of delicious things including mealworm burgers. While bugs are not yet mainstream in our day to day diets here in the UK they could well hold the key to a sustainable source of protein for the future and it was fascinating to find out more this possibility. 

Tomorrow, a day of creative and traditional crafts including forging, green woodworking, lino cutting & printing and natural dyeing. 

The adventure continues...

Claire Coombe

Today we woke up to glorious sunshine and dined alfresco on fluffy pancakes straight off the griddle full of fresh berries from the garden. After breakfast we got busy over at the forge making  toasting forks for marshmallows. Another group headed to the willow circle to take part in a green woodworking session where they learned how to use tools including a shave horse, draw knife, bill hook, axe and mallet.

A late afternoon climbing session followed where everyone managed to scale the 6m west face of the tower to reach the top and were rewarded with a view across Truro to the cathedral. A cooking team got to work in the kitchen rustling up bangers & mash while a harvesting team picked raspberries for Eton Mess. 

After dinner we were joined by very some very special guests - a Goshawk and a Barn Owl. We learned lots about these fascinating creatures and were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience Rocky the Barn Owl in flight. A campfire was lit and the toasting forks tested before some evening performances and turbo hot chocolates before bed time.

 

Environmental adventurers arrive!

Claire Coombe

The adventurers arrived this morning full of energy and ready for action! Some had flown in from Italy, others travelled by train from London while for some it was just a short journey across Cornwall. After a tour of camp to discover how we live off grid and learn about the borehole, solar panels, reed-bed and composting toilets it was time to move into the tents before heading off to the archery range with Charlie. Everybody hit the target and we congratulated our joint head archers before joining Briony in the bell tent where we had a go at natural dyeing. 

The group foraged plants from around camp which gave some surprising results like the purple borage flowers which produced a vibrant yellow! Beautiful tie dye bandanas made, it was time to get busy in the garden and kitchen, harvesting and preparing ingredients, pressing homemade burgers and cooking them up on the BBQ for dinner.

After dinner the group set off for the forest on a wild wood walk where they bumped into the Woodsman who was kind enough to take them on a journey through the woods, stopping off along the way to share with them some of the secrets of the trees, plants and animals which call it home. 

Tomorrow we’ve got forging with Tristan the Blacksmith to look forward to as well as green woodworking, climbing and a visit from some very special feathered friends. Roll on tomorrow!

Day 4 - aerial acrobatics, climbing, leatherwork and evening performances

Claire Coombe

Today we were joined by Tree and Pema from Sky High Arts who brought a mobile rig to camp and taught the group how to do aerial performance on the trapeze - it didn't take long for everyone to get the hang of it as you can see from the photos! 

While some were hanging from the trapeze, others were scaling the climbing wall and progressing their climbing skills by tackling harder routes and learning their knots for tying in. In the afternoon the group got to work with leather creating beautiful handcrafted purses and bags.

After dinner it was time for team challenges followed by the annual performance evening which didn't disappoint! Super charged S'mores were enjoyed around the campfire before lights out on the last night of camp 2017.

day 3 - foraging, climbing & cob oven pizzas

Claire Coombe

The day began with some adventurers heading off to the food garden to lift some of the potatoes we've been growing, as well as harvesting lettuce and tomatoes for lunch. Meanwhile a cooking team got busy in the kitchen preparing French Toast with streaky bacon and maple syrup and some delicious Rocky Road cakes as a sweet treat for lunch.

After breakfast the group headed out along the hedgerows with Marcus the wild food forager and tasted some foraged foods including Rosehips and Burdock before cooking up some foraged ingredients in the field kitchen.

In the afternoon adventurers tackled the tower climbing wall and learned how to belay one another in teams. Everybody made it to the top of the tower and came back for a second attempt at a harder route. 

Charlie fired up the cob oven in the evening while everyone made their pizza dough and delicious homemade fruit crumbles using the first of the blackberries growing here at camp. Keeping with the food theme we lit the campfire and enjoyed deluxe hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows before bedtime. Tomorrow, aerial dance, leatherwork, dumpling making and an evening of performances around the campfire.

Day 2 - the adventure continues...

Claire Coombe

After a good night's sleep the group awoke to beautiful sunshine and delicious pancakes whipped up by the cooking crew with fresh raspberries and blueberries from the garden. Tristan the Blacksmith arrived during breakfast and before we knew it there was a pedal powered forge set up and ready for action. In addition to forging toasting forks, door hooks, keyrings and other beautiful pieces, adventurers also got to have a go at Lino cutting/printing and natural dyeing with Briony using foraged plants to create vibrant and unexpected colours on silk. 

Dinner was followed by a well being and mindfulness session led by some of the girls which was a mash up of yoga, meditation and a lot of laughter!

In the evening adventurers had the opportunity to sample some cuisine which is enjoyed by over 2 billion people around the globe but has yet to really become part of our everyday diet here in the UK - edible insects! They tasted Thai fried crickets, mealworm burgers and banana and mealworm cupcakes. We also discussed the environmental benefits which come from eating bugs. Some loved the flavours and textures while others were a little more hesitant - the photos speak for themselves!

Five days of fun filled environmental adventures ahead!

Claire Coombe

It was great to see so many familiar faces return to camp today for the five day environmental adventure 2017. After a refresh on the off-grid systems we employ here at camp it was time to move into the tents and move in they did! Some seasoned campers had even brought along fairy lights and inflatable sofas! 

After settling in it was time to tackle the marshmallow and spaghetti tower challenge to get us all thinking about team work and chatting to our fellow campers before making our way to the archery range with Charlie for the afternoon.

A harvesting team headed off to the food garden and came back laden with lots of delicious home grown produce including tomatoes, lettuce, edible flowers, carrots, beetroot and chives. These were whipped up into delicious salad and coleslaw to accompany the homemade burgers which the cooking crew made. We dined alfresco in the sunshine before greeting out guests for the evening - a falconer and her birds of prey - Spike the Goshawk and Rocky the Barn Owl which some children were chosen at random to have fly to their outstretched arm! 

As dusk fell we headed out on a woodland walk.