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Experiencing all the Elements

Y7's visit The Eden Project

A tropical rainforest was the destination for the Year 7 Geography field trip on Friday 16th January but in order to reduce the carbon footprint they travelled to The Eden Project in Cornwall rather than the Amazon!  The hot and humid (28 degrees centigrade!) conditions inside the tropical biome provided a welcome relief to the cold outside.  Students were suitably impressed by the abundance of amazing plants, the sheer size of the largest greenhouse in the world and the cooling effect of the waterfall; it brought what they had learned in lessons to life.  They also learnt how humans can improve environments which they have previously damaged; the Eden Project is located in an abandoned china clay quarry but is now home to a world famous visitor attraction which has sustainability as one of its goals.

During the visit students saw cocoa, coffee, sugar cane and bananas growing and were able to appreciate how people who live in rainforests make use of the natural environment in their daily lives. They also had the opportunity to go inside a typical Malaysian rural house made of bamboo which gave a real sense of what it must be like to live in a jungle.

Towards the end of the visit, there was time for ice skating which was very popular and many progressed from rail gripping novices to competent skaters sliding around the rink with the greatest of ease!  After a quick visit to admire the citrus fruits and olive trees in the Mediterranean biome it was time to exit via the gift shop and head back to Devon.   Mr Stevens, trip leader,  said "Our students should be congratulated for their exemplary behaviour and positive attitude to learning.  Many thanks to the staff who helped supervise the trip and the support staff who helped with the organisation".