Words in the Woods
Words in the Woods is a weekend-long event that invites visitors to wander among the trees of Ufford’s woods, discovering poems and prose passages hung on the trees to be read and pondered and which will offer a commentary on the beautiful surroundings. Take a break from the more organised events at any point to discover the mature trees and wildflowers of Ufford’s Parkland woods, and contemplate ‘a green thought in a green shade’.
Accompanied children can enjoy discovering low-hung children’s poetry on trees, and can also hunt for painted stones which will be hidden throughout the woods at the foot of trees. Everyone is invited to take a stone home with them. If any child would like to bring a painted stone to hide in return, that would be a welcome contribution.
‘And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.’
Ufford’s woods are managed by the Friends of Parklands Woods and feature a wide variety of mature trees, wild flowers and shrubs, which can be explored by a network of paths. They lie adjacent to the recreation ground and Parklands. The woods cover an area of approximately 19 acres (or ten football pitches) and are suitable for a buggy or wheelchair if entered from the Parklands side, or from the path behind the playground. There will be maps available indicating where the poems are hung in the pavilion, or if you prefer you can roam the woods uninstructed looking for happy discoveries.
‘What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness; Let them be left.
Oh, let them be left, wildness and wet
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.’