Hidden woods: a graceful, punchy reminder of the power of natural places

This video (words by Hollie McNish, video by film maker Ben Dowden) stopped me short with its power and rhythm, and the interplay between words and images.

I have shared one or two other poems here. Material like this brings me back into focus. I hope you feel the same way.

I also have a hunch that, with its punchy slam poetic lines and graceful visuals, hidden woods might resonate with younger viewers. I showed it to my teenage daughter and she agreed.

So here is an invitation: think of a child or teenager you know, get them to watch the video, and ask them what they thought of it. I would be be very grateful to hear of any interesting responses here.

Screengrab of Youtube Hidden Woods video with boy swingingThanks to my friend Angela le Peuple, and to Carole at Sparks childcare co-operative in Bristol, for bringing the video to my notice.

11 responses to “Hidden woods: a graceful, punchy reminder of the power of natural places

  1. Reblogged this on Off the Porch and commented:
    This is the place …

  2. Reblogged this on babyhood and commented:
    Well done Hollie McNish again for such beautiful words that bring tears to my eyes. And lovely film too.

  3. darwinsbulldog

    Reblogged this on .

  4. Hi Tim, thanks for this, love hollie’s rhythm and rhyme. Can we out this on the FSA front page?

  5. Wonderful!

  6. Reblogged this on Free from Tech Life and commented:
    People seem to think I’m mad when I talk about the restorative power of a walk in the woods. They just kind glaze over. I’ll try showing them this video as well now.

  7. Wonderful, thank you for making this fabulous video…I too, am passionate about connecting children with nature through Nature Art: http://www.marghanita.com
    Wishing you all a magical Springtime in Nature, love and peace Marghanita x

  8. Hollie McNish was brilliant last week. Can’t wait to see her again.

  9. Andy Grout - CEO Milton Keynes Play Association

    Reblogged this on Milton Keynes Play Association and commented:
    A great video to watch during Love Outdoor Play week.

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