Inspired by your amazing #RobinInLockdown stories last week, we’ve stuck with the creative writing theme for this week’s #NottmHeritageHunters challenge.

You might have seen that there’s a new volunteer opportunity which might have an fauna theme coming soon too so Team Learning thought why not make that part of the challenge as well?! Plus, we’re planting Sherwood Oaks in every primary school in Nottingham already. We love trees at Nottingham Castle.

Can you guess what our new volunteer programme could be?

What we want you to do is create a Poet-Tree. First, you’re going to need some poems – maybe you could copy out some of your favourites or write your own inspired by trees near your house or at school or perhaps Nottinghamshire’s famous trees like the Major Oak (England’s Tree of the Year 2014) or the Bramley Tree in Southwell.

If your writing your own poems, how do trees and wildlife make you feel? Remember to try and use your senses (touch, smell, sight, and sound… but maybe not taste as bark tastes funny, trust me) to fully describe your tree.

poet tree

When you’ve written out some poems, it’s time to display them – you could attach them to a tree in your garden if you have one. If there isn’t a tree that you can get to during this lockdown then you could make a tree poster for them (like the one above) or attach them to a tree substitute in your house using clothes pegs. This is a great little activity as you can keep adding to your Poet-Tree over the next few weeks too!

When you’ve finished your Poet-Tree, get someone to share it with us on social media using the hashtag #NottmHeritageHunters or email them to gmorgan@nottinghamcastletrust.org. There will be an extra special prize for the best one and their family!

Stay safe, stay at home and happy creating!