In partnership with Gower National Trust, this was their third conservation weekend in less than 12 months. Their National Trust owned Lodge was hired by Unit Leader Gareth Richards who just happens to volunteer with Gower National Trust.

During their recent visit they lived together, cooked together, cleaned and washed up together in perfect team working harmony with their other Unit Leader Vanessa Williams. Both Staff had a full itinerary planned with night navigation exercises, gorse and scrub clearing around an ancient and protected Iron Age Hill Fort, beach cleaning and a walk out to a tidal lighthouse, the only waved swept iron lighthouse in the UK.

Seal release

Early on the Saturday morning Staff Richards received a call from his RSPCA colleague asking whether the cadets would like to assist releasing an Atlantic Grey Seal back to the wild Bristol Channel.

What an experience that was, as they carried ‘Graham’ the Seal in his cage down onto Port Eynon Beach on Gower. What a struggle they had as they carried 40kg of Seal down to the sea then, off he went as the cage door was opened.

One look back at them then he was off after two months rehabilitation at an RSPCA Wildlife Hospital after being found in a poor and underweight condition.

The cadets stood, with their phones recording Grahams departure until his little head bobbed beneath the waves and he was gone. They have now adpoted Graham as their Unit mascot.

The conservation weekends are a great opportunity to learn and connect with nature, the environment and just generally living in harmony with others.


Plenty of good food, fresh air, exercise and great company are wonderful opportunities for the cadets to become ‘Good Citizens’. All these activities complimented their ongoing Health and Wellbeing Programme which is being undertaking in partnership with the famous Scarlets Rugby Club.


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