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Gwaenynog Estate Schools Day

Gwaenynog, the home of Tom and Jane Smith was once again the venue for a Children's Countryside Day. Ably organised by Trust Regional Representative Bruce Weston and head keeper Harold Jones nearly 200 children from schools as far away as Rhyl came to Gwaenynog to see dog training and falconry displays and some well behaved ferrets.

Harold Jones, the keeper, showed the children how game birds were reared and the Educational Trust's roadshow team themselves were on hand to explain and show the relationship between Habitat Management and the vital Predator Control. The children were shown the estate dairy unit and of course the lovely Beatrix Potter's Garden where she spent many summers and has been restored to how it was then 'not too tidy' were her words.

All in all the groups enjoyed a great day and they and their teachers left with a much better understanding of how the countryside worked and particularly just how important the role of the keeper is in the countryside of today.

Gwaenynog house
Children learning in the sun
Moving to the next activity
Brian Hayes teaching in the theatre hall
A beautiful buzzard
A beautiful buzzard
The fabulous Beatrix Potter garden
The fabulous Beatrix Potter garden
The fabulous Beatrix Potter garden
Beatrix Potter

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