Three members of the Association’s committee had the pleasure of judging the end of term assignment of 12-13 year old pupils at Lakers School, Berry Hill in the Forest of Dean. Their task was to design a new Theme Park for the Forest of Dean and to take into consideration issues including planning permission, road access, possible benefit to the area, green issues, disabled access and promotion of the Park.
They worked in teams , presented their ideas live to us and not only showed they had imagination but also that a lot of thought and work had gone into their planning – the judges were impressed. Hopefully this will lead to some of these youngsters working in our industry in due course and to everyone having a greater understanding of the needs of both businesses and our visitors.
It’s probable that same competition will be run next year and that the Association may be asked if it can send a member to talk to the children about tourism generally and, in particular, about running an activity based attraction.