Summer nature courses at the Welsh Harp
As part of Brent in Summer the Welsh Harp
Environmental Centre is running courses for children that include
pond dipping, orienteering, mini-beast habitats and walks to the
Activities are for ages 5 to 12, and there is a choice of morning
or afternoon classes.
See all courses and
The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre (WHEEC) is a 15
acre woodland site with classrooms next to the Welsh Harp Reservoir
and adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
It is run by the council and The Careys
Situated in a unique location, the WHEEC offers a range of
programmes to suit all ages and an unexpected oasis near to the
North Circular where children can have a hands-on experience with
The magic of the site brings the natural world to life in a way
that is not possible in a conventional classroom.
Welsh Harp children's education video
You can now see the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre on
the video below which was made to show our visitors exactly what
our centre has to offer.
You can see pupils learning and enjoying their day at the Welsh
Harp. You can discover the woods, ponds, stream, classrooms and
playground and find out what teachers and children felt about their
What the WHEEC offers
The centre runs courses on a range of topics from the Science
and Geography Curriculum such as rivers, habitats, mini-beasts and
rocks and soils.
Other courses are linked to themes of sustainability which is
part of the new Ofsted inspection framework.
These programmes give pupils the opportunity to take a fresh
look at the elements of life we take for granted; learning new
skills to enable a more sustainable world delivered in a fun and
- Going Green with the 3Rs (Waste based)
- Natural Power (Energy generation and use)
- H2 WOW (Water use and conservation)
- Food and Farming (Global and local influences on our food
All are fully complementary with the National Curriculum and
accessible to learners at Key Stage 1 and 2.
Some courses involve a visit to the Seneca MRF (Materials
Recovery Facility) site.
More information is contained in our teachers'
The centre is an ideal location for gathering evidence to
record Early Learning Goals and APP objectives.
- Secondary schools
- Further education colleges
- Staff training days
- Teacher Inset courses
WHEEC runs holiday courses covering the natural environment and
also team building in conjunction with the Sports Development
There is also a 25 point orienteering course available.
There are two classrooms set up with interactive whiteboards,
computers and digital microscopes.
Outside there are ponds, bee hives, bird hides, an artificial
river and an adventure playground.
There is a toilet block and parking is available.
The centre is suitable for students with special needs,
including those with physical disabilities.
It is possible for many schools to get to the WHEEC by public
Buses 83, 182, 245, 297 and 302 pass within a ten-minute walk of