About The Live Stream

First, Folks ask to see a face and a person linked to these activities,
I do lack pics here on this page, and will bring some along and post soon, but meanwhile here I am ...

Hello, I'm John Willmott, many folks called me The Woodland Bard, so I am now usin that name in performance and as my book author name..

I am the one who originally put Bards In The Woods pages together before this became Bards From The Woods.

What Was Bards In The Woods?

Bards In The Woods, 2012 to 2018, was a regular Sunday afternoon event in local woodlands and forests. Each event was a nature walk, a performance of poetry from willing performers at a favourite tree in the woods, and then we shared picnic. Quite a family event, sometimes, and dogs loved it too.

What Is Bards From The Woods - now?

Quite a collection of wonderful poets blossomed from those past Bards In The Woods sessions, and many performers were already seasoned Poets and Bards before we gathered together for Bards In The Woods.

During the Coronavirus lockdown I learned a bit about Live Streaming online. I transferred our Sunday Sessions at Carrowcrory Labyrinth Gardens online, as we could no longer host visitors for awhile. Sunday Sessions at Carrowcrory had taken over from Bards In The Woods during the 2019 Sundays season as it had become more popular and better supported.

However, I have missed the enchantment of our Poets and Bards, so this year, after becoming familiar with streaming online, I have decided to also include a Bards From The Woods session online almost every Sunday at 4pm Irish time too. 

I am committed to Labyrinth Gardens work at present, so little time for writing here, but \I will come back to update this and explain more soon ...

Please subscribe, button above, to learn more as this develops, and how you can join in if you are a poet, songwriter, or storyteller do Contact me, link above. 

A word about songwriters. We keep singer songwriters accompanied by guitars at a minimum. With this service wish to encourage songwriters who accompany themselves with other instruments such as harps, lutes, concertinas, fiddles, and percussion. 

More later ... 

Submit your poems, short stories and songs ...


  1. I'm here for the first time and like this informative blog. What I don't like, and this is by no means the only page where I have voiced my displeasure, is the fact that it seems to be totally anonymous. There must be people behind it, living beings with a body and soul and a lot of passion for woodlands. It escapes me why they are hiding their names.
    I have,love and enjoy woodland.I'm expressing this publicly and have no problem whatsoever to put my name under this.
    Richard Auler

  2. Richard, many thanks for bringing up a very important point. What you speak of is something that actually frustrates me, and here I am doing that very thing.

    Some of this is due to the infancy of this web site, blog and pages, and perhaps as all kinds of people are involved in this I try and hold back a bit of modesty, but indeed these pages should soon become a stage of the names involved in this.

    Probably somewhere our names are revealed.

    Anyway, for something immediate, I am John Willmott, who founded this. I am in my 60s, and have a background in all kinds of things as I come from a family who were involved in a collection of divination, herbal, holistic and shamanistic interests. My main paths have been in performance, herbalism, stone masonry and forestry conservation. Of those the stone masonry is way behind me.

    Other names that are very active in this work are Bee Smith, Tony Cuckson, Edward Durand, Deirdre Wadding, and the list then expands, and hope will expand more rapidly.

    Shortly I will put the names and faces in context here. Thanks again for reminding me Richard.

    1. If I may add a thought: I'm reminded that established estates have plans for planting designated fields as TREES rather than, for example, haying meadows, or food-stuffs. An "extra" pleasure might be to visit some of the libraries of,or books about, e.g., Capability Brown[e]'s designs --- and eventually include an enouragement to land holders to be reminded that they too might give thought to such designs.
      A documentary on PBS showed how industrious and busy is HH Prince Phillipe as an "estate planner and manager". [[not that simple, but so cheering to follow the documentary ]].
      Good Luck, and Best Wishes, Kathleen Hambleton Bryant

    2. Many thanks for your very interesting input Kathleen.

      Our own activities are focused on encouraging more people into more public access woods of Ireland more often Together we share words that are our own and our favourite plus share picnics with as much local food included as possible.

      We do also add some elements of Green Prescription and this year there should be more shared in the direction of the Japanese Shrinrin Ypku, Forect Bathing, but more as our own developing tradition.

      It is good news that estates are doing more planting and some of them do allow public access, or have a nominal use fee, or have various open days. We are approached from time to time for consideration.

      The encouragement to landowners and tree planting is well represented by other wonderful organisations such as the Native Woodland Trust and the Tree Council. We do support them when we can though support is a bit minimal at present as we still have a big job getting more people into the woods first.

      The UK Royal Family examples are not very relevant to what we do, though this would have a strong influence on the reason there are many public access woodlands in the northern counties compared to the Republic's 26 counties.

      When we are more established in future years, I think I will be coming back to your posts here Kathleen, many thanks.


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