Big Green Challenge 2014

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Wider Curriculum

On the 4th of November we embarked on a trip to Cornwall to see the Eden Project and stay in Woodland Valley Eco Farm. We won this fantastic opportunity to visit Cornwall after we competed in a Scottish schools debating competition earlier on in the year. The Big Green Challenge focuses on Scotland’s big renewable questions.  We were victorious after a hard won  battle with close rivals Portree in the grand final at Holyrood.

We arrived at Newquay airport to a surprisingly warm November morning and continued  with a drive past Cornwall’s many amazing sights such as its beaches and the Roach Rock, finally arriving at Woodland Valley eco-farm. We visited the two local wind turbines straining to hear their soft whirr. We then met the different animals on the farm such as the cute dogs Tally and Jo-Jo and the massive bull Bisto. Our meals were prepared beautifully by  farmer Chris our host, and Dominic a young German working at the farm.

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we headed to the Eden Project. There were six plastic domes, the tallest of which was an astounding fifty metres tall! Our tour guide Neil showed us around the rainforest biome, developing our knowledge of the plants all around us. Inside the biome we learnt all about the monstrosities going on in our world’s rainforests today which is putting them at risk of complete destruction. We tried the delicious baobab fruit drink which is the most nutritious food on the planet. Over the whole day we experienced all weather extremes from the humidity of the rainforest, the cool breeze of the Mediterranean and finally feeling the cold chill of the Artic while ice skating on the seasonal ice rink.

Our stay was brought to a close with a bonfire night bonanza in a field a small walk from the farm. Chris, Dominic and the community put on a fabulous display from rockets to roman candles to an amazing Catherine wheel. Our trip to Cornwall was magnificent!

by Cameron Cocharane (2T2), Stuart Hamilton (2T2), Morvern Carmichael (3S2), Jemimah Morris (4L2), and Kieran Watts (4K2)

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