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Talking acorn gives ancient woodland a voice in Joyden’s Wood

PUBLISHED: 10:36 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:36 15 July 2016

Ella Wickham enjoys the Acorn Poetry seat in Joyden’s Wood, Dartford, Kent, 11th July 2016.

Ella Wickham enjoys the Acorn Poetry seat in Joyden’s Wood, Dartford, Kent, 11th July 2016.

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The Woodland Trust is behind the new woodland feature

The Woodland Trust has spent part of a £1.9million national grant on a talking acorn at Joyden’s Wood.

Visitors to Joyden’s Wood will now be able to sit inside an interactive acorn that reads poetry.

By turning a handle, the acorn-shaped seat, plays two poems by writer Harriet Fraser, which the Woodland Trust have described as “the voice of ancient woodland”.

Katherine Owen, restoration manager for ancient woodland at the trust, said: “The combination of the poetry effortlessly draws people in to hear the acorn speak the words of the woods.

“It’s a fantastic way to bring the story of ancient woodland to life and we hope that by understanding its importance and the need to restore it, people will value it more and realise why it’s a resource we should cherish and protect.”


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