What makes the Cotswolds area unique? That is the question that Cotswold school children asked when they took part in a series of linked events designed to encourage them to understand and enjoy the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Red Dog Productions worked in association with the Cotswolds Conservation Board to inspire children to learn more about the AONB by mixing the pleasure of walking, with educational workshops about Cotswold heritage. Pupils had a chance to enjoy the magic of theatre by taking part in a workshop about Red Dog's current touring production, The Merry Wives of Windsor. The children then went on to perform in an evening production of the play at their school.

The project was made possible by a £15,000 Sustainable Development Fund grant from the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Spokesperson for the Board, Claire Cunningham said;

"One of our main aims is to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and what better way to foster communities of people who fully appreciate the area than working with local school children. The Board is delighted that a Sustainable Development Fund Grant has helped to make this project possible."

The guided walks led by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens allowed the children to experience and explore settlement patterns, building materials and styles, grassland and the significance of wool in shaping the Cotswold landscape. The workshops introduced pupils to peg loom weaving and they had the chance to create display materials based on the morning's walk.

Pupils were also given a booklet produced by Red Dog Productions about the landscape and heritage of the Cotswolds.

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