Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Recent events

Client: The Wildlife Trust, Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Venue: College Lake, Tring

Date: April 2017

A carved wooden ammonite at College Lake. Very much part of the Wildlife Trust's Geology Rocks day

A carved wooden ammonite at College Lake. Very much part of the Wildlife Trust’s Geology Rocks day

Project: In celebration of the new geology interpretation at College Lake, Jane’s storytelling was part of the day’s activities on offer for the Wildlife Trust’s “Geology Rocks” event. Based in the Outlook Inn,

Jane told tales set in the Cretaceous sea, Pleistocene savannah, and present day nature reserve.










Client : The Wildlife Trust BCN

Venue: Blows Down, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Date: May 2016

Nature poets at Blows Down

Nature poets at Blows Down

Project: For this ‘Wild Stories’ event Jane helped families to find inspiration for stories and poems from the nature reserve. Hunting for mini-beasts, we looked at the chalk grassland through the eyes of a butterfly, found magic nests, swords and hammers to fight giants and wrote poems about beetles and slugs.




Client: The Forest of Marston Vale Trust

Venue: The Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire

Date: 2010 – present

Marston mud monster

Marston mud monster

Project Description: Jane delivers a programme of children’s events at the Forest Centre, a mixture of indoor crafts and outdoor adventures, all with a wildlife theme. Past events have included: Mole’s Secret Underground World, The Footprint Forest, Marvellous Migration and Pond Dipping & Design. Activities have varied from cardboard and tissue creations; mud modelling and willow crafts to wildlife discovery sessions. Jane’s events are frequently enhanced by an element of storytelling.

As a Forest Centre Volunteer, I have helped with many of the kid’s events. They have all, without exception, been tremendous fun –  and the kids have enjoyed them too! We’ve made kites, badger masks, owl biscuits and hedgehog houses to name a few. Pond dipping was another great favourite and the children were thrilled with what they found. Jane always comes up with an imaginative, fun activity which includes an element of education, hopefully sparking an interest in wildlife which will live long in the children’s minds.”

Client : The Royal Horticultural Society

Venue: Wisley, Surrey

Date: 2012 – present

Storytelling at RHS Wisley

Storytelling at RHS Wisley

Project Description: Jane is a regular storyteller during the school holidays at RHS Garden Wisley. Jane’s performances, with different themes for each holiday, have included underwater stories, spooky woodland tales, rainbow tales and, of course, garden stories.

“Thank you for all the fabulous storytelling” Learning and Families Manager

Client: Gravenhurst Gallop Committee

Venue: Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire

Date: 2012 – present

Getting ready for the Gravenhurst's annual dragon sacrifice

Getting ready for the Gravenhurst’s annual dragon sacrifice

Project Description: Dragon Lantern Procession. After the closure of the village pub – The Green Dragon, Jane has been determined to keep alive the story of the village dragon. As part of the annual Gravenhurst bonfire night celebrations Jane leads a dragon lantern procession through the village to the recreation ground to light the bonfire. The celebrations include storytelling, lantern making and each year with help from friend and local artist Cecilia Gatehouse, the creation of a large withie dragon lantern.

A big thank you to Jane. The dragon lantern was fantastic and the children certainly enjoyed roaring their approval.” Chairperson Gravenhurst Gallop Committee

Client : Jordans Mill

Venue: Jordans Mill, Broom, Bedfordshire

Date started: 2015

The Pumpkin Prowl at Jordan's Mill

The Pumpkin Prowl at Jordan’s Mill

Project Description: At Jordans Mill Jane’s storytelling became a regular feature of 2015. Storytelling walks for the Easter Holidays and the Pumpkin Prowl in October; Winter Stories and Festive Tales for the Christmas Fayre. Wassledine are also involved with willow workshops and creations in the garden and grounds.


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  Phone: 01462 711815

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