Get in harmony with nature with the 'Wood Vibrations Trail'. Grab a stick and bang out a tune!
The trail was created with the help of local school children and meanders past a series of giant musical instruments made from trees felled within the park. The trail leads from the car park to the Margam Discovery Centre and is part of an exciting Forest Education Initiative (FEI) project called Wood Vibrations.
Children from five schools in Neath Port Talbot watched a tree being felled and then worked with local green woodworker Scott Blytt Jordens of Dragonfly Creations to create the musical instruments which you can play as you walk along the trail
The project was made possible after Neath Port Talbot FEI Cluster Group secured FEI funding which was matched by the local authority, the environmental education charity the Field Studies Council and Groundwork Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend.
Amy Phillips, FC Wales Education Officer for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, led the children through the whole process of transforming a tree into the park’s new woodwind section. She said, “By seeing the tree being felled and being involved at every stage, the children were able to learn about the many benefits of trees, woodlands and timber and understand how locally-sourced wood can be used to produce a variety of everyday objects. “The project also gave them practical skills in working with wood, increased their social skills and will hopefully engender a sense of pride in their local environment.”
The children involved in the project held a celebration event ahead of this week’s public opening of the trail, trying out the instruments and singing songs as they made towards the Discovery Centre.