If you would like to find out news of what we’re doing this term, please have a look at our Secondary Newsletter Autumn 2011 

In addition to the programmes that we have at Key Stage 4 that can be adapted for post 16 pupils we can also offer the following programmes for AS/A Level.  

Ecological Studies and Field Work

 Using field study techniques such as random quadrat sampling and transects, pupils will use our Waun Las National Nature Reserve, to investigate the differences in diversity of organic wildflower pastures compared with intensively farmed eutropic meadows. This could include a comparison between terrestrial and fresh water ecosystems if required. We can arrange investigations studying one habitat in detail, or comparing two habitats, covering ecology techniques, conservation and sustainable development issues linked to the future management of the Welsh countryside. The information they gather on the day will be backed up with support material for you to use back in the classroom at your school for ecological studies and/or statistical analysis.

Sustainable Development & the Use of Green Technologies

As an iconic Welsh institution we are required to act as sustainably as possible in all our operations. We are therefore a great place to come and learn about sustainable development. Use the Botanic Garden to help students understand sustainable development in practice – the key issues of recycling, renewable energy, water conservation, material use and waste disposal are covered as pupils follow a green technology trail around the Garden. Discussion of the alternatives leads them to consider the choices they make in their own lives, and how these affect the future. (Please refer to Key Stage 4 for an alternative programme to this)

Travel and Tourism

As a major eco-tourist attraction for South Wales, the Garden is a important factor in the economy of the region.  Pupils will have the opportunity to research visitor services, corporate hospitality, health and safety, maintenance, education, volunteer co-ordination retail sales, marketing, visitor profile analysis and travel options. They will do this by talking to key members of our staff team and will additionally be able to carry out visitor surveys.  

If you would like to bring your pupils to the Garden but cannot find anything here that suits you, please get in contact with us and we’d be happy to customise something for you. Either ring Kay Bailey on 01558 667150 or email kbailey@gardenofwales.org.uk.