The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre

General Information

The Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre (WHEEC) is a 15 acre woodland site with classrooms next to the Welsh Harp Reservoir and adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It is run by the council and The Careys Foundation.

Situated in a unique location, the WHEEC offers a range of programmes to suit all ages and an unexpected oasis near to the North Circular where children can have a hands-on experience with nature.

The magic of the site brings the natural world to life in a way that is not possible in a conventional classroom.

Welsh Harp children's education video

You can now see the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre on the video below which was made to show our visitors exactly what our centre has to offer.

You can see pupils learning and enjoying their day at the Welsh Harp. You can discover the woods, ponds, stream, classrooms and playground and find out what teachers and children felt about their trip. 

What the WHEEC offers

Primary schools

The centre runs courses on a range of topics from the Science and Geography Curriculum such as rivers, habitats, mini-beasts and rocks and soils.

Other courses are linked to themes of sustainability which is part of the new Ofsted inspection framework.

These programmes give pupils the opportunity to take a fresh look at the elements of life we take for granted; learning new skills to enable a more sustainable world delivered in a fun and interactive way.

Programmes include:

  • Going Green with the 3Rs (Waste based)
  • Natural Power (Energy generation and use)
  • H2 WOW (Water use and conservation)
  • Food and Farming (Global and local influences on our food supplies)

All are fully complementary with the National Curriculum and accessible to learners at Key Stage 1 and 2. 

Some courses involve a visit to the Seneca MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) site.

More information is contained in our teachers' pack.

The centre is an ideal location for gathering evidence to record Early Learning Goals and APP objectives.

Other users

  • Secondary schools
  • Further education colleges
  • Staff training days
  • Teacher Inset courses

WHEEC runs holiday courses covering the natural environment and also team building in conjunction with the Sports Development team.

There is also a 25 point orienteering course available.



There are two classrooms set up with interactive whiteboards, computers and digital microscopes. 

Outside there are ponds, bee hives, bird hides, an artificial river and an adventure playground. 

There is a toilet block and parking is available. 

The centre is suitable for students with special needs, including those with physical disabilities.

Getting there

It is possible for many schools to get to the WHEEC by public transport.  

Buses 83, 182, 245, 297 and 302 pass within a ten-minute walk of the centre.