The goings on in and around Bridgend

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No Ant or Dec?

The team go into the forest, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Well, here they are, the 8 from Bridgend County Borough Council who were selected to spend the night under the stars with Bushcraft expert Richard Rees form Wildspirit Bushcraft. Part of the lead up to Wales Biodiversity Week, 'I'm a councillor get me out of here" involved a fire lighting course, foraging, shelter building and then spending the night in the wilds of Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend. Thankfully, the weather was lovely and everyone came through it OK. May be something we do annually possibly? More pictures, see our flickr page.

I'm a Councillor.....get me out of here!

Woodland bokeh, originally uploaded by ....Tim.

You may have seen the TV programme based on celebrities in the Australian tropical rainforest, the truth is, you dont have to go half way around the world to appreciate biodiversity, edible plants and overnight survival! In fact, tonight, to launch Wales Biodiversity Week and to demonstrate how diverse our own countryside is in Wales, 4 local authority councilors and 4 members of staff from Bridgend County Borough Council will spend the night with bushcraft expert Richard Rees from Wild Spirit Bushcraft in Merthyr Mawr. All in the name of charity and biodiversity, 'contestants' will have to build a shelter to sleep in, learn what to eat in the British woodland (and what not to eat) and learn some survival techniques such as fire lighting etc. This isn't something that people can just do independently, anyone interested should seek qualified companies or experts to accompany you. Locally in Bridgend, we're fortunate to have one on our doorstep!
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A home in a dome. Cool camping in Wales.

A home in a dome., originally uploaded by Andy Bold.

Listening to a great debate on Radio Wales today about the sudden popularity of camping and the move towards more authentic experiences and back to basics. Quite timely this for us, as tomorrow as part of a charity event we are challenging 4 county councillors in Wales, and four public sector workers to spend the night under the stars on a survival night with Bushcraft experts WildSpirit Bushcraft. Part of the challenge will be to build a shelter for the night, which I suppose is both cool and extreme camping. Anyway, more about that tomorrow.
So, cool camping. The best in Wales has to be offered by fforest (Cold at Night - love that brand!), and also Graig Wen Yurts near Dolgellau in North Wales. What I really love about the latter is its one of the coolest places I've been to in Wales, the yurts are one thing, but the B&B is themed (quite cleverly and in a understated subtle way) with Welsh pop music from the 70s. Was amazed to see how creative our pop groups were in the 70s! I also like Under the Thatch and what they've achieved and were one of the first to offer a stay in a Gypsy caravan to my knowledge and of course, the up and coming Featherdown Farm which offers luxury but back to basic camping on real farms. Love it! Closer to home for us, WildSpirit Bushcraft also offer their own night under canvas (if hand build shelters are not your cup of tea!) in the form of tepees, again very popular in Wales.