Education at the ‘Root’ of new partnership

Posted On : 28/05/2020

Representatives of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust recently visited South Hook LNG Terminal, as partnership education project ‘Gwreiddiau/Roots’ gets underway.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust is a registered charity, set up to help care and protect the National Park.

Trustees of the charity visited South Hook LNG to view the Terminal and learn more about the operational activities, as well as discuss the aims of the education project.

“Whilst we operate as part of a global energy supply chain, our place in the Pembrokeshire community is very important to us,” said South Hook LNG’s General Manager, Hamad Al Samra.

“It is why we are pleased to be supporting Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust in an education programme that will see children exploring the natural produce and food networks that exist here in their community.”

Gwreiddiau/Roots will engage six junior schools in the Milford Haven area, exploring natural produce and food chains in the County’s agricultural, coastal and rural communities.

From pollination and soil nutrients, to how food plays an important role in the local economy and family life, children will connect with both the environment and the communities that operate within it.

South Hook LNG’s General Manager Hamad Al Samra and Senior Environmental Engineer Dr. Shane Evans are joined by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust Trustees, Paul Harries and Duncan Fitzwilliams, Director Jess Morgan and Education Ranger Tom Bean.

Commenting on the project, Chair of the Trust, Elsa Davies said, “This project really takes learning to the essential grass roots as it brings home to children the basic facts of existence in a vivid and practical way. It is all the more remarkable that a company which operates on a global scale has, in its wisdom, seen fit to focus on helping children appreciate their immediate surroundings in this novel way.

“The Trust is hoping that many more companies will follow the outstanding lead given by South Hook LNG and help it increase its action on more projects of this nature to benefit the environment and communities in Pembrokeshire.”

Whilst Gwreiddiau/Roots has been getting underway since the New Year, children at Coastlands school began trialling the project, last year.

From the harvesting of apples at St Brides and then making chutney with the local branch of Dale W.I. to digging for wheat plants and worms at Trewarren Farm in St Ishmaels, the interactive nature of the project will undoubtedly bring huge benefit to all of the schools involved.