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Gloucestershire school puts itself on the map

Pupils of Offa's Mead Academy in Sedbury have partnered with housing developer Barratt Homes to design a walking map for local residents.

It's hoped the map will encourage families to stay fit and healthy this summer, as well as helping them get to know their local area after a year of being stuck indoors.

The map was developed during National Walking Month (May) by twenty 'Little Troopers' from the Academy (all children of Armed Forces personnel) who completed the walk to collate the points of interest for inclusion.

Their map has now been produced and was hand-delivered by the pupils to residents of Wyedean Fields, which is a Barratt Homes development in Sedbury.

The map features key points of interest and a scenic walking route between Wyedean Fields and Brunel Quarter in Chepstow.

Key landmarks pinpointed by the pupils include Chepstow Castle ― which boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe ― and the preserved slipway at Brunel Quarter, which was once used for launching and landing boats.

The map also marks the beginning of the Wales Coast Path ― allowing residents to see and enjoy the first of 870 uninterrupted miles of coastal views.

Richard Lawson, Sales Director for Barratt and David Wilson Homes South Wales said: "Chepstow and the surrounding area has a wealth of history to be discovered ― not least the shipbuilding past of our Brunel Quarter development ― so it's been a pleasure to watch local children engage with the area's past and present so enthusiastically.

"Not only do we aim to provide the best quality homes for families in the area, but we also want to get to know our homeowners, all while helping them feel connected with their new community."

Corinna Tannian, a homeowner at Wyedean Fields, said: "We've spent the majority of the first year in our new home stuck indoors due to lockdown measures, so it's wonderful to finally be getting out and about again.

"The past year has really demonstrated the importance of our tight-knit Wyedean Fields community in supporting one another, and so we can't wait to get to know the wider community and its people ― all while keeping fit and healthy thanks to walking routes such as this one."

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