Goblin Combe Trip 20th-24th August 2011
The Council of the Isles of Scilly Children’s Services Team and the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit offered Young People on Scilly the opportunity to visit the Goblin Combe Centre, in North Somerset this August.
Situated only a mile or so from the edge of Bristol Airport and nestled in the heart of 130 acres of semi-ancient woodland, lies the idyllic Goblin Combe Lodge.
The trip was packed full of exciting, and sometimes adventurous activities. The Young People were able to explore landscapes, habitats and wildlife, which differ from what they are used to on Scilly.
Organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit and their Young Rangers, the Young People from Scilly were able to explore Cheddar Gorge, under and above ground, with an hour’s Caving being the highlight of the day. The Goblin Combe Centre organised an Owl Prowl with Chris Sperring an experienced naturalist, with a wealth of knowledge on British wildlife. Chris was able to offer us an exciting insight into woodland life; we even managed to hear Tawny Owls calling from deep in the woodland!
Goblin Combe staff also helped to organised a day of bush craft activities, which included our very own Ready Steady Cook competition, even going as far as creating their own fires to cook on!
The Young People of Scilly also had a chance to have a go at Dry Stone Walling, a traditional skill, which characterises the Mendip Hills. The group not only built their own section of wall, but they also constructed Smoot, a tunnel to allow Badgers and other large mammals to cross field boundaries with ease!