Rory Classroom

Last Friday, Rory Stewart was given a tour of the Blencathra Field Studies Council by the centre’s leader Tim Foster, to hear about another record-breaking year for the centre.

The centre is part of the Field Studies Council (FSC) – an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.

More than 100,000 students go on FSC tours each year. And, an impressive 40% of all university Geography students and 60% of all hydrology students visit the Blencathra FSC.

Tim Foster the Head of the Blencathra Centre gave Rory a tour of the site and he was impressed with the MPs continued interest in the success of the centre.

During his visit, Rory met with a group of A-level geographers from Bishops Blue Coat School in Chester. The Minister for Africa talked the students through his own love of geography and he told them about the role physical and human geography have on his Penrith and The Border constituency. He was joined by celebrated climber Sir Chris Bonington who spoke to the students about the importance of the Lake District’s World Heritage status.

Speaking about the meeting Rory said: “I am grateful to Tim for the opportunity to speak with an intelligent group of young people. The Blencathra Centre is one of our most important local institutions and I am pleased to see its success growing year on year. For many young people, the Field Studies Council is their first experience of the Lake District and I am confident that the work of Tim and his team ensures they leave the centre eager to return to this most precious landscape.”

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