Castle conservation caught on camera

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Student being filmed for the BBC’s Countryfile programme. (4175427)

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Student being filmed for the BBC’s Countryfile programme. (4175427)

First published in News

LOCAL students enjoyed a taste of TV life when they were filmed for popular BBC1 show Countryfile.

TV crew visited the students at Castell Henllys Iron Age fort, where students from Pembrokeshire College, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Portfield School spent a muddy day mending the walls of the Iron Age round houses.

The students followed the historic method of daubing a special mix of clay, straw and cow manure onto the walls.

Everyone took turns producing the mix, ferrying barrow-loads of it around the ancient village and daubing in on the walls.

The important conservation work was caught on camera by the Countryfile team, with some of the students interviewed by programme host Ellie Harrison.

The students have been meeting weekly since September 2013 to pursue the John Muir Discover Award, which they all successfully completed in December of last year.

The award, delivered by Mark Bond of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, required the students to spend numerous days visiting various ‘wild places’ around the county where they explored and conserved the environment while sharing the experiences gained.

The group participated in beach, river, upland and woodland based sessions where they formed a real connection with nature and contributed to some important conservation projects around the county.

Mark praised the team’s hard work: “It has been a fantastic project to be involved with from start to finish.

“This is a quite exceptional group of young people who quickly grasped the meaning and potential of this John Muir Award and made lasting connections, not only with the natural world but also with themselves and each other.

“It’s so fitting that the project ended with a task such as this, and having the BBC come and celebrate what we’ve achieved was just the icing on the cake.”

The episode was aired on BBC1 on Sunday, January 26, and can be viewed at youtu.be/SasXTx0_NII

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