The Voice Of The People Of The Forest of Dean

Forest Bard Junior Section Winners

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  • 2017 - Lilia Evans of Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School - If You're Not From the Forest of Dean (Click here)
  • 2016 - Emelie Revens of Blakeney School - Leave our forest be! (Click here)
  • 2015 - Sophia Stallard of Lea School - These Are a Few of My Favourite Forest Things (Click here)
  • 2014 - Daniel Kibble of St White's Primary School Cinderford - A Forest of Dean Railway (Click here)
  • 2013 - Tamzin Latham of English Bicknor School - The Forest of Dean (Click here)

2017 - Lilia Evans of Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School

If You're Not From the Forest of Dean

If you’re not from the Forest of Dean
You don't know our bluebells, You just can’t know our bluebells.
Singing to the animals, their bells all jingling
Oh what a happy song they bring in the time of spring.
The ocean of bells, like an orchestra, brings joy again
The elegant, shiny bluebells dancing in the rain.

If you’re not from the Forest of Dean
You don’t know our bluebells.
If you’re not from the Forest of Dean
You don't know our views, You can’t know our views.
It's clear to see they share all nature’s history
Almost blinding you, it’s a real mystery.
Laid out in front of you is a pool of green,
The beauty of our lands is now to be seen.

If you’re not from the Forest of Dean You don’t know our views.
If you’re not from the Forest of Dean
You don’t know our winds, You can’t know our winds.
Sharp winter winds whip you to the floor.
Warm summer winds is a friend to all, we all want more.
Wet spring winds is the woodland seas.
Autumn winds pick up the leaves.
If you’re not from the Forest of Dean
You don’t know our winds.

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2016 - Emelie Revens of Blakeney School

Leave our forest be!

Please don’t frack our forest
Leave our forest be
Leave our forest at its best
It’s a special part of me.

Please don’t dig a quarry
Leave our forest be
Don’t create pain and worry
It’s a special part of me.

Don’t let our creatures stir
Leave our forest be
Let’s all work together
It’s a special part of you and me.

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2015 - Sophia Stallard of Lea School

These Are a Few of My Favourite Forest Things

A bunny hopping around a great oak tree,
Looking in holes for its family.
A boar with piglets turning up the ground,
Snorting, laughing and playing around.
A squirrel climbing up tall trees,
Whilst dodging lots of green leaves.
Down below there’s me,
Wearing a hat, gloves and soggy wellies.
I’m walking the dog with my auntie May,
Soon we’ll reach Beechenhurst Lodge where I
like to play on the swings all day.
That’s the Forest of Dean for you,
I like it very much, don’t you?

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2014 - Daniel Kibble of St White's Primary School Cinderford

A Forest of Dean Railway

Clickity clack, the sound of the track
Edging through the Forest
Trees flash by, nearly touching the sky
The sound of birds swooping by.

Peer through the tree
What do you see?
Deer and rabbits running free
Clickity clack, the sound of the track
Running through the Dean.

Bushes and bluebells everywhere
The really are a sight to be seen
Clickity clack, the sound of the track
'Ow bist owd butt - I will be back.

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2013 - Tamzin Latham of English Bicknor School

The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is a great place to explore
From tree top adventures to dodging the boar.

You'll find herons, dragonflies, deer and bats
Some people say they've seen wild cats.

Sculpture trails, castles and a steam railway
There's so much to do every day.

Carpets of bluebells, blankets of snow
All of the seasons make the forest glow.

Beautiful pathways through the woodland to roam
I am proud to say that 'this is my home'.

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