Wild at Heart
Reproduced by kind permission of the Countryman magazine


Soil investigation

This is where we came in with Amy writing her letter of thanks to the Centre and showing an appreciation that is hard to better. Hers and other letters are on show in the Log Cabin, the hub of the widespread working wheel that has created this exemplary Educational Trust. Here I sat and watched the trust's website (www.offwell.info) unfold its plethora of information, and learned how widely this information is broadcast.
The Centre is extensively used for environmental education by all sectors of the community. Primary schools are the main visitors, but students at other levels are also catered for. In the fieldwork season, Steve told me, the Centre is booked up every day. He works with a small but committed staff of five, with volunteer workers.
Supporting this resource of practical activities, the website provides follow-up information, available to people throughout the world. Part of the National Grid for Learning, during term time the site attracts over 1 million hits a month from over 100 countries. It is linked to by many organizations, such as the BBC and NASA - in addition to schools, colleges and universities, both nationally and worldwide.

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