INTERACTIVE KIOSKS INTRODUCE CITY SCHOOL CHILDREN TO THE COTSWOLDS

Primary school children across Bristol are being given the opportunity to learn more about the Cotswolds landscape in a fun and exciting way.

Three attractions in and around the city; Bristol Zoo, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm and Windmill Hill City Farm are hosting a new educational resource for Geography and History at Key Stage 2 in the form of state-of-the art kiosks, housing an interactive computer game.

'Quantum Sheep and the Wonderful Wolds' is designed to introduce the concept of landscape change over time to 7-11 year olds.

The game's hero, Quantum Sheep, takes youngsters on a journey through four eras in time. Along the way he encounters all sorts of flora and fauna and our heroic sheep also finds out about the impact of man upon the landscape.

Primary school teachers are being offered the opportunity to visit the attractions, with pupils studying History and Geography at Key Stage 2, to play on the kiosks. An accompanying lesson planning pack enables school groups to take full advantage of opportunities available.

The Kiosks have been created with the help of The Heritage Lottery Fund, by the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

The Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board Niel Curwen said:

"The hope is that by bridging the gap in this way between Bristol and the Cotswolds AONB, youngsters in the city will become more aware of one of the UK's finest landscapes and potentially make a visit. It could lead to youngsters living in Bristol taking the opportunity to enjoy many of the outdoor activities in the AONB such as walking, riding or cycling. "

The Cotswolds AONB is the second largest protected landscape in England and Wales and covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.

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Notes to editors:

The kiosks will be available in Bristol venues until late spring. Click here for more information and here to see a flyer.

Cotswolds AONB fact file

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the

Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members,

17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed

by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of

national importance.

With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest of 40 AONBs

in England and Wales and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special

character are conserved. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square

miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north,

through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the

south.

Press contact: Claire Cunningham

Tel: 01451 862003

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Cotswolds Conservation Board Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH

Tel: 01451 862000 Website: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk