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Geography Trip To Pembrokeshire

Our 12 Geographers went on an essential trip to the Orielton Field Studies Centre in Pembroke, Wales, to participate in a week of fieldwork investigations to gain data for their unit two exam on "Crowded Coasts" and "Rebranding".

As year 12 Geographers, it was an essential part of our trip to participate in a week of fieldwork investigations to gain data for our unit two exam on "Crowded Coasts" and "Rebranding". It is because of this that we went to the Orielton Field Studies Centre in Pembroke, Wales.

We travelled to three settlements along the Pembrokeshire coast: Amroth, Wiseman's Bridge and Saundersfoot Bay to collect various data on coast management and land use. However, the recent storms extremely altered our findings leaving sea defences such as a £9 million sea wall ripped apart by the winter storms we've experienced this year. We were lucky enough to see the aftermath of the extreme weather events and see live footage of coastal engineers at work, repairing the devastating damage to the coastal sea defences.

A challenging part of the trip was working with two other schools. With our class consisting of four students and the other schools consisting of forty, it was hard to mix with them in order to complete our work. Although, we overcame this to produce valid data and develop our ability to work in groups, communication skills and managing our time.

The other aspect of our visit was to look at urban and rural rebranding, which is when an area is redeveloped in order to make it more attractive for locals and tourist. A great example is Stratford - once a neglected, unattractive area and now known for being the host of the 2012 London Olympic Games. In our case we visited Laugharne and Narberth for rural rebranding and Milford Haven for urban rebranding. We investigated the environmental quality of the three areas and evaluated the successfulness of the rebranding projects set up in these settlements. We met with locals and visitors, who shared their views in questionnaires we conducted.

One of our fondest experiences of the trip was experiencing the Welsh hot chocolate: creamy hot chocolate topped with cream, melting marshmallows, sprinkles and a flake. After trying the delicacy in three different Welsh towns, we came to the conclusion that the best hot chocolate can be found in Narberth!

Our week in Wales was extremely valuable as we enhanced our fieldwork techniques and exam skills. We also took a risk by getting involved and working with new people in a new environment. It was amazing to witness how much we learned about ourselves and identified the areas where we still need to develop. Stepping out of London and into a rural environment, like Pembroke for a week was definitely a shock and a challenge but a very worthwhile experience which we will all benefit from.

Year 12 Geographers.