Summer fun for 3Gs youngsters at Ffos-y-fran

Youngsters from Merthyr Tydfil spent time familiarising themselves with their local geological and wildlife past and present this week, when they enjoyed a two-day activity event hosted at Ffos-y-fran.

Organised each year by Miller Argent, the event saw children from Merthyr Tydfil’s 3Gs Development Trust summer programme invited to the Ffos-y-fran opencast site, where they were treated to  a variety of interactive educational activities. This included a journey down to the mine to see the site in full operation; setting to work with hammer and chisel to discover fossils hidden within the rocks found on site; and educational activities to learn more about local wildlife – including what barn owls eat and learning more about the myriad of creatures that live within the ponds at Ffos-y-fran.

3Gs Trust Youth Development Worker, Lee Davies commented, “The children have loved undertaking all of the activities at Miller Argent over the last two days. What they’ve learnt has been fascinating. They especially enjoyed the fossil hunting, and have all taken home examples of their fossil finds.”

Using the Miller Argent Education Centre as a base for their activities, the youngsters were able to search for plant fossils dating back over 300 million years to the Carboniferous period. As 11-year – old Skye Thomas confirmed: “I really enjoyed the fossil finding because we got to find really interesting things in the stones.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Morgan, 10, was particularly impressed with the mine itself saying, “I liked going in the big white personnel carrier that took us to the open cast mine – I have never seen anything so big in my life!”