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Client: Stevenage Borough Council

Venue: Whomerley Wood

Date: February 2019

Project: Wonders of Winter Woodland

Stories at Whomerly qWood, Stevenage, with Wassledine Storytelling

Families gathered on the circle of log seats around the fire to hear a winter woodland tale.

As part of series of activities on a guided walk though this ancient woodland, Jane was invited to provide some storytelling entertainment. Families gathered on the circle of log seats around the fire to hear a winter woodland tale.

Client : The Wildlife Trust BCN

Venue: Blows Down, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Date: October 2019 and May 2016

creating new wild stories with Jane of Wassledine Storytelling

Creating new wild stories

Project: “See and Be Seen” & “Wild Stories”

Jane has told wildlife tales for these family events helping local people to explore this wonderful chalk grassland site. Bats, birds, minibeasts, foxes and friends all appear in Jane’s colourful storytelling linked to the wildlife found on the nature reserve. Also, for the Wildlife Trust BCN, Jane has been storytelling in Houghton Regis library helping to raise awareness of local wildlife.

Client: Plantlife

Venue: Ranscombe Farm, Kent

Date: May 2018

Project Description: Colour in the Margins, A Back from the Brink Partnership Project

 Field poppies - a more common arable weed, in the beautiful setting of Ranscombe Farm, Kent. Jane LAmbourne of Wassledine, told stories abotu rarer weeds at an open day during May 2018

Field poppies – a more common arable weed, in the beautiful setting of Ranscombe Farm, Kent

Jane worked with the Colour in the Margins Outreach Officer to develop stories with an arable theme, reworking traditional tales and creating some new ones to raise the profile of arable weed species and awareness of the arable habitat as an important part of our cultural heritage. Inconspicuous and little-known species such as interrupted brome and broad-leaved cudweed took centre stage in the stories.

The stories had their first telling at Plantlife’s Ranscombe Farm Reserve Open Day where families could enjoy wildflower and farm walks, craft activities and a visit to the storytelling tent. In the stories children and their parents discovered Venus’s looking glass and the blue pimpernel with Lazy Jack; The Small Grey Partridge had to contend with corncockle in her crop of wheat in an alternative version of The Little Red Hen; the whisper of a grass was heard; and a rainbow of weeds appeared.

The project is in its early stages and it is hoped by both parties there will be further opportunities for storytelling to play a role in the public engagement with Colour in the Margins.

More information about Plantlife’s Colour in the Margins

Thank you SO MUCH for all your hard work and beautiful storytelling. We all feel that the event went really well, and we got some incredibly good feedback from everyone that came along, I feel there was a lot of positivity generated and interests sparked for the project going forward which is a really lovely feeling! I had an email from one family to say thank you for such a lovely day and that they very much enjoyed the storytelling. Colour in the Margins Outreach Officer.


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

More information about RHS Wisley

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.”

More information about the Forest of Marston Vale

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: 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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