Open Day

Find out what Black Mountains College is all about!

Join us at Gwernyfed Rugby Club from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 9th July, 2022 for a range of all-day and planned activities…


All Day Activities:

  • Food and drink from The Malthouse
  • Further Education taster & Q&A – meet some of our NVQ tutors
  • Coppicing and Greenwood Trades demonstrations
  • Have a go on the shave horse!
  • Take part in horticultural activities – name that tree, identify plant pests and diseases by working out ‘what’s wrong with my plant?’, learn how to test soil and about the soil-food web, and have a go on our microscope to observe soil-dwelling microbes within our compost
  • Horticulture talks: ask your questions to our knowledgeable and qualified tutors
  • Core sessions: talk to our tutor Jayne about what our core sessions entail, what trips and guest speakers you can expect, and see whether you can identify different types of bees!


Scheduled Sessions:

10am – 12pm ‘Introduction to Ecology and Troed-yr-Harn’ guided walk to our farm campus – Troed-yr-Harn.

Look out for a wide variety of wildlife along the way and around the farm! Learn about the biodiversity in the area, and what BMC plan to do with our farmland and campus with Havard Prosser.

This is an uphill walk starting from our base Gwernyfed Rugby Club, covering 2.5 km (1.2 miles) with 125m of ascent and requires a reasonable level of fitness. For those who are unable to complete this walk but would like to view the campus, we will organise a car share from the Rugby Club!

You will be able to take a look around our campus, including the classroom area. Recharge with a drink when you arrive, before taking a look around the site, the surrounding woodlands, and admire the astonishing views of the Brecon Beacons! Whilst you’re here, you can check out some of our student end-of-year projects, including some impressive greenwood products they have created.


1pm – 3pm ‘Woodlands in a Changing Climate’ Walk and Talk around Talgarth

Join Gareth Ellis, founding Director of The Green Valleys CIC, on a short walk to visit areas of local woodland under community management. Learn how the management fits in with wider landscape changes and the future of woodlands in a changing climate. This is a steady 2-hour walk covering approximately 3 miles.


Both walks will begin and end at the Rugby Club, so you’re free to pop back to take part in our other activities throughout the day!

No need to book, please just come along! Be sure to wear suitable footwear, clothing and sun protection if you are joining our walks…

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