Last week, on a day with a distinct October nip in the air, I walked back to the woods with Bucknell Primary’s Key Stage 2 class, as part of my project ‘In woods we forget things, at the wood edge we tell stories’. We carried laminated copies of the children’s poems, and cameras to film their performances under the trees they chose to write for.
Once we were in the wood, the children scattered to find their trees. No-one had any trouble remembering exactly the right place. Indeed more than one pair showed me the precise knot or bulge or bark pattern that had inspired a particular line or phrase.
Everybody practised, and then we all trooped round the wood, alternately being the performers, and the audience. The performances were moving and joyful, and the quality of the listening was just as good.
We left the laminated poems tied onto the trees for Toni and Ru to find later. (And we also left a poem for the Composting Toilet).
This project is funded by Shropshire Hills AONB and Shropshire Housing Group. More on the project blog here.