Families will get to exercise their bodies and their imaginations over half term, creating stories inspired by the special trees of Stover Country Park.
The Tree Stories Walk is a self-guided activity with inspiration and information about particularly interesting trees provided at the start of the walk by Claire Casely and Emma Capper to help families create their own nature-based tales. The stories will be recorded at the end of the walk, and the results broadcast on Hospital Radio Plymouth, so patients and others who are unable to get outside can still enjoy nature.
Claire is also known as The Faery Whisperer and thinks it’s really important to help people connect with the magic of nature. She said: “This is a lovely, playful event to enjoy as a family with the chance to create some memorable stories – who knows, they may even become part of your own family stories and traditions!”
Emma runs Creative Journeys in Nature and brings together art and nature. She said: “Many people have been finding solace and hope in nature recently, discovering walks and woodlands close to home which they never knew about before. Combining this with story-telling should make the connection with our local habitats even stronger, and lead to greater protection for them.”
Families will be given instructions at the beginning of the Tree Stories Walk, including details about where to find interesting trees. They will then be encouraged to photograph the trees, think about their stories and come up with a tale to share with Claire and Emma at the end.
Any families who want to take part will be able to find Claire and Emma in the picnic area next to the wooden Visitor building between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 28th October. The cost is just £6.50 per family and everyone is welcome to join in. The walk takes roughly one hour. Tickets can be booked in advance through Eventbrite or paid for on the day.
Written by: Louise Manico