At the end of the summer term, Geography students at Budehaven spent their lessons engaged in investigating the local beaches of Summerleaze and Crooklets, as part of the consultation process of Cornwall Council’s ‘Bude Assets Project’.
Year 7 students worked independently in small groups to design a new beach hut for Bude’s beaches. The brief was to come up with a design suitable for the 21st century, which should be sustainable and appropriate for an exposed location.
Following research into existing huts around the South West, some opted for a more traditional style to reflect what they felt was Bude’s character and its appeal to visitors, whilst others went for a more modern design, wanting to bring Bude ‘into the 21st Century.’
Year 9 GCSE Geography students also participated in the project. Following a field trip on a beautiful day to survey the site (traditionally unheard of when it comes to Geography fieldtrips at Budehaven!), many students felt that there were opportunities to improve the current land use of the area.
A few of their ideas included developing the play area at Summerleaze, enhancing the entrance to Crooklets beach, improving the standard of the beach huts, reducing the cost of beach hut leases and extending the cycle path around the Downs to Crooklets. Some students queried whether any available funding would be better directed towards the ‘Save Our Sea Pool’ campaign.
Mayor Paula Dolphin judged the entries on display at the Parkhouse Centre on the 27th July and last Thursday, Cathy Lowe from Cornwall Council came into school to present winning students with their prizes. She congratulated them for their innovative ideas and honest analyses and is keen to continue consulting with students as the project develops.