Into the Green Poetry Project (ages 11–16)

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Into the Green poetry project

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Ages 11–16

March – October 2021

About the project

The Into the Green poetry project was an exciting opportunity for children aged 11–16 to submit a poem in celebration of plants, gardens and green spaces.

Drawing inspiration from the Bodleian’s exhibition Roots to Seeds, and guided by ideas and examples in the Into the Green project pack, young people submitted poems reflecting on the importance of nature in their own lives. For some, this was a particular plant, for others a significant garden, park or other green space.

All submissions were read by award-winning Oxford Professor of Poetry Alice Oswald who made a selection of 27 poems. These were published as a paperback anthology distributed to participants, schools and local libraries.

All the poems submitted are included in a downloadable anthology. The original project pack is also available to inspire young poets and provide guidance on writing their own poems.

The project was run jointly by Oxford Botanic Garden and the Bodleian Libraries, in celebration of 400 years of plant science in Oxford.

Download the Into the Green anthology (7Mb) 

Download the resource pack (4Mb) 


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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