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Work Experience Visit to Colwick Woods

As a part of my work experience week with Ignite! I had the chance to visit Colwick Woods along with a guide from the community of that area who helped us identify the different features of the woods.

The visit to Colwick Woods had been my first time visiting a woodland area and actually getting the chance to indulge in it and discover the different parts of it. We started off our walk by going down what used to be the old track for carriages and horses which had now become barely visible as more green grew around it.

We had the chance to wonder off track midway through our walk and climbed up smaller rocks and through trees. I found it much more exciting and thrilling going off the path and walking through the trees as it made me feel as if I were in a jungle.

As we had a guide talking to us about the area and we learned many new things about the woodland. We saw tracks of animals into trees and were able to identify what type of animal it would be based on the track it left behind. We saw the old trees and were told that some of them were there since the 19th century and had not fallen down.

During our walk we came across an old 'ice house' which was the equivalent of a modern day fridge used centuries ago to preserve foods and other things. The ice house was almost like a well and very deep - the bottom would have been filled with ice and straw and covered with a cone-shaped ceiling.

Overall my visit there was very informative and unforgettable!

Thanks for reading!

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