At Griffin Club, Griffin Farm,
Bowden Hill, Lacock SN15 2PP

Learning to read the land,
Understanding our region,
Indoor and outdoor activities.

Week 1:
Theme – land, maps & rocks (geology)
Tuesday, July 23, 10h to 16h
Wednesday, July 24, 10h to 16h

Week 2:
Theme – land, soils & forest (ecology)
Tuesday, July 30, 10h to 16h
Wednesday, July 31, 10h to 16h
Week 3:
Theme – land, climate & weather (meteorology) 
Tuesday, August 6, 10h to 16h
Wednesday, August 7, 10h to 16h

Week 4:
Theme – land and our sacred sites (archaeology)
Tuesday, August 13, 10h to 16h
Wednesday, August 14, 10h to 16h

Week 5:
Theme – land and river ecology (ecology)
Tuesday, August 20, 10h to 16h
Wednesday, August 21, 10h to 16h

peterjeffs.holistic [at]
mobile: 0777  604  3705


Following the teaching I have been doing with the Griffin Club since January, I am delighted to propose a land-based eco-summer-club during the last part of July and the month of August. These days will be thematic, and aim to explore aspects of Wiltshire, where we live, through a class situation, and with practical activities. 

Our days will be inspired by Patrick Whitefield’s books on “Reading the landscape”, and these will feed into our practical work in the land surrounding the Griffin Club. 

One aim is to learn how to read the land – that is – understand more about it simply
by observing. Using compasses, maps, and by walking in the land immediately
surrounding the Club, we will use each two-day session to explore an aspect of our
region. Themes will be, for example, Geology, Climate, Ecology, Archaeology…

Over the past two years, we have given inspirational classes to groups of children on the Salmon and the Bears in the Northwest Pacific; the Great Ocean Conveyor, a tour of the earth’s ocean system; the British Atlantic Rainforest. We are currently learning about the Great Basin in the US Southwest. These classes take a BioRegional approach.

For this Eco-Summer Club, our learning will be based around Wiltshire and the Southwest. The aim is to better understand our region, and our local geology, soils, ecology and even archaeology. Our approach aims to create a stronger connection between children and Nature – and how we can work with nature rather than against… I believe that the children are the stewards of tomorrow’s earth. By understanding how regions work, like the Northwest Pacific, or Southwest England, we see better how we are a part of Nature. And when Nature is well, so are we!



I am offering five Eco-Summer-Clubs:
In July: 23/24 July, and 30/31 July
In August: 6th/7th; 13th/14th and 20th/21st of August.

The maximum number of places on each day will be 8, so please book early.
Age range: 10 to 14. The maximum number of places on each day will be 8. 

The children will need to bring wellies or outdoor boots, lunch and a snack. A waterproof will be a good idea, though, with luck the weather will hold out for us. We will have indoor activities planned as well as outdoor activities. Timing of activities will ultimately depend upon the weather. 

For more information, please contact me, in preference by email, with EcoSummer-Club July or August in the title, and please leave me your phone number. I can also be contacted on 0777 604 3705, but email is best.


The activities for each week will be posted here, on this webpage, so you can see exactly what we will be doing during each two-day club. The two days function together so it is ideal if we can have the same groups for each two-day week.

Some of the work will be class based, and then there will be activities. In the photo below we worked on a collective map of the Globe, into which we added the routes of all the Warm and Cold currents as they circulate around the Earth. These distribute heat, and are a major factor in our climate. Working on such a project offers a gentle introduction to something like climatology, but also enables us to understand why we, here in the South West, also benefit from warm (wet!!!) weather, which is also extremely mild. If it were not for the Gulf Stream, coming up from the Bay of Mexico, we would have much more extreme winters… The Earth is linked, and we are part of this great flow of the currents. This gives a good idea of the work that we do together, in learning how we are part of a larger system.

Working with our group on the Great Ocean Conveyor Mapping Project.

Week 1
Tuesday 23rd July
– 8 places available
10h00 – 10h20 / Welcome
10h20 – 10h30 / Break
10h30 – 11h15  / Introduction to reading the land
11h15 – 11h30 / Break
11h30 – 12h15 / Getting to know the land (1) – walk
12h15 – 12h30  / Break
12h30 – 12h45 / Quiz

13h00 – 13h40 / Lunch
13h40 – 14h00 / Rest

14h00 – 14h40 / Slopes, hills and valleys
14h40 – 14h50  / Break 
14h50 – 15h30 / Activity – Drawing a map
15h30 – 15h40  / Break 
15h40 – 16h00 / Discussion, tidying up & close

Week 1
Wednesday 24th July
– 8 places available
10h00 – 10h15 / Welcome
10h15 – 11h15  / Rocks – Sedimentary / Igneous / Metamorphic
11h15 – 11h30 / Break
11h30 – 12h15 / Getting to know the land (2) – walk
12h15 – 12h30  / Break
12h30 – 12h45 / Quiz

13h00 – 13h40 / Lunch
13h40 – 14h00 / Rest

14h00 – 14h45 / The Severn, the Somerset shore and the chalk downs
14h45 – 14h55  / Break 
14h55 – 15h30 / Activity – Making Strata – a geological profile
15h30 – 14h40  / Break 
15h40 – 16h00 / Discussion, tidying up & close


Trained in the life sciences, I have been teaching groups of children a holistic and BioRegional approach to biology for the past two years. I believe that there is nothing more important than learning through our appreciation and understanding of the land. This inspires all my teaching. We work with the land in many ways, looking at climate, geology, archaeology, soils, geography and ecology.

In my holistic practice, my work engages with horses, the land and an ecological approach to the natural world.


Please let me know by email which days and dates you wish to book for. To facilitate the process, I can take also PayPal payments using the buttons below. One day is £40/child, and two days are £70/child. For the activities, two consecutive days will be ideal as the activities will run on from each other. That said, single days can be booked if your child is unavailable for one of the two days in any given week. If you prefer to pay via BACS transfer, I can easily send you payment details via email. All payments should be made immediately following booking to ensure that your place(s) are reserved. Once a club has been filled I will post a here on the Club webpage.

Dr Pete Jeffs
Contact page
June 2024