Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Winter’s Spring

To mark World Poetry Day, here’s some seasonal John Clare – an extract from

The Winter’s Spring

The winter comes; I walk alone,

I want no bird to sing;

To those who keep their hearts their own

The winter is the spring.

No flowers to please – no bees to hum –

The coming spring’s already come.


I never want the grass to bloom:

The snowstorm’s best in white.

I love to see the tempest come

And love its piercing light.

The dazzled eyes that love to cling

O’er snow-white meadows sees the spring.


I love the snow, the crumpling snow

That hangs on everything,

It covers everything below

Like white dove’s brooding wing,

A landscape to the aching sight,

A vast expanse of dazzling light.


It is the foliage of the woods

That winters bring – the dress,

White Easter of the year in bud,

That makes the winter Spring.

The frost and snow his posies bring,

Nature’s white spurts of the spring.


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A Forestry Commission Teacher’s Pack

The Forestry Commission says its Early Years Teacher’s Pack is a free learning resource, which contains curriculum-linked activities, to teach learners about forests and how they’re looked after for people and wildlife.

All the activities have been designed to be used outdoors, in your local woods, park or school grounds.  There are also Gruffalo-themed forest activities that can be carried out at home.

To get the pack , simply sign up here.

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