On Thursday 9th March to Saturday 11th March the Year 12 and 13 geography students embarked on a three day field trip to undertake physical and human geography field studies.

On Thursday the group travelled to Carding Mill Valley and studied the physical features of this location and the impact that tourism had on the spectacular scenery. All students in Years 12 and 13 thoroughly enjoyed the environment and collected a wide range of data that will be used back in the classroom.

On Friday 10th March the group travelled to Padstow in Cornwall. The new geography A level requires students to study their local place and a distant place. Data was collected using a wide variety of fieldwork techniques. This data will be compared to data collected in the local area to identify key economic, social, demographic and cultural similarities and differences.

On Friday evening we stopped at Woodland Valley Farm, one of the most environmentally sustainable farms in the country. The motto of the farm is: “Live as if we will die tomorrow, but farm as if we will live forever.”

Woodland Valley Farm, an organic farm since 2002, is situated in Ladock, mid Cornwall, just 8 miles from Truro and St Austell and only 20 minutes from Newquay and the Eden Project, making Woodland Valley a perfect setting to spend time in Cornwall. And as its name suggests, the farm is located in a beautifully secluded valley, which also includes ancient woodland, ponds, streams, and wetland. It was originally part of the Trethurffe Estate and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

We enjoyed a full tour of the farm and were shown a wide collection of farm animals. Overall a superb visit. Maita Kasenza said: “This was an amazing field trip. I enjoyed every minute of it and I really look forward to working with the data we collected over the three days”. Niyara Nathional articulated: “I really enjoyed the spectacular scenery at Carding Mill Valley and I found Padstow to be a really nice settlement that is very different from the area that I live in. Brodi Hannah stated: “The best part of the trip was the dinner we had at Woodland Valley farm; I have never tasted such finely produced food.”