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The enchanted forest of your mind

Updated 21st June 2023

“Between every two minds is a doorway to a new world” – John Muir

Entering a forest or woodland can literally feel like walking through a portal into an enchanted world. Ancient folklore, fairy-tale yarns and modern fiction all have trees in important roles. Head through the ‘doorway’ of these two Holford pines…what story would you tell? There are words dotted around if you need a little inspiration.

These words are: mischief, puzzling, earthy, fire and tale

Stories connect us

Ancient communities would have sat around the fire telling stories: they provide a way of making sense of life. Researchers have found that a child’s emotional health and happiness is linked to their story: the more they know about their family, the stronger their sense of self. This is often depicted as a family tree.