After a lifetime of work in education, it is pretty clear to me that the betterways to learn are not at a computer or desk.
Every time I welcome a group to the Meadow Barns outdoor learning/ Green Awareness centre it reinforces my view, that solving practical challenges in an outdoor setting is one of the best and certainly healthiest ways to learn.
If you have to be indoors, it is still best to be active. As a musician, I know being up on your feet, stomping and chanting to a beat, can be a very effective way to ‘drum in’ concepts. It was this rhythmic learning that attracted a half page report in the Daily Telegraph when we launched at Eden Project in 2005. You will find more about this in the ‘Better’ section.
The function of this site is basically to share resources, especially films of work I have done. Most of these are totally free, including the 2021 Green Fridays blog seen on the right.
In early 2022 I intend to offer a set of new publications – quite small packs, to download, containing maps, walk instructions and some background history information for Treffry Tramway Trails. We will start on the south coast, with Fowey and Golant area, moving gradually west to Par and Tywardreath, followed by St Blazey to Luxulyan and eventually most of the way to the north coast and Newquay.
It is an ambitious long-term plan and I will share more about it next year, both on the web pages and on my 2 Facebook pages – The Meadow Barns and Luxulyan Valley Stories.
Green Fridays Blog
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Come and visit the Green Awareness & Learning Centre
Our focus is history of mining & a greener future. Everything is planned to meet the needs of the particular students in the group. It is usually best to work with half of a class. With this personalised approach we hope to address particular concerns after lockdown, and inspire a love of learning.