Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund

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Poet, Harriet Fraser has produced two short films for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aimed at primary aged children to inspire poetry linked to trees and the landscape. 

“A poem doesn’t start on paper - it starts with your own story, and if you’re writing about trees or wildlife, the best place to begin is outside” says Harriet.

In the first film aimed at younger children (keystage1) Harriet meets a large old oak tree and in the second film aimed at older children (key stage2), a hardy Hawthorn growing through the limestone pavement on Little Asby Common.

The films end with Harriet reading her own poems which illustrate how words can be played with in many ways to accentuate and invoke emotions and connection to the landscape. For teachers and parents, there’s an activity guide with each film containing tips and suggestions for exercises to try. 

The films and activity guides are available to view or download for free at this link> 

If these films help you engage with the outdoors and inspire you to create some of your own poetry please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Nicola Estill, Community Engagement Officer for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme: [email protected]. Any poetry submitted poetry may be featured in their newsletters or on this website.