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A limited edition book that helps people to engage with nature, indoors or out, is being offered for free by the Stepping into Nature project.

The book, ‘Seasons of Stories: Autumn’, is a collection of themes, country tradition and folklore inspired by autumn. It is designed to prompt memory, conversation and reflection without the need to step outside.

The project offering these books, Stepping into Nature, helps connect adults in Dorset with their local landscape, wildlife, culture and history. It provides support for communities and organisations to create more inclusive, accessible and enjoyable green spaces and activities.

Stepping into Nature Project Officer Steph Aburrow said: ‘We have always wanted to create a resource that helps people connect to nature in any setting. We hope people using this book will renew old, and create new ways to engage with nature. The book can be read by individuals, pairs or in groups to stimulate conversation. We are really proud of the book and hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.’

Seasons of Stories: Autumn
The book ‘Seasons of Stories: Autumn’.
Photo credit: Steph Aburrow

The book was created by a small enthused team: Martin Maudsley, (storyteller), Sarah Acton (poet), Julie Hammon and Steph Aburrow, (Stepping into Nature project team) and Spike Goulding, (designer). The team came together originally to run poetry and storytelling workshops in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafes. The sessions were such as success that the team developed the content into a resource for more people.

Black Ven Poet, Sarah Acton said: ‘Martin and I like to get people to use their imagination to create and share ideas and make associations using the kind of prompts we have in the book. In workshops we often take objects, like leaves and conkers to touch and smell, to help connect with nature indoors. We hope the book is well used and are keen to hear how we can develop future resources so please get in touch using the feedback card at the back of the book.’

To receive a book, please provide your name and address via [email protected] or 01305 224788 so a book can be posted to you for free. The Stepping into Nature Project say they would love to know why you want a book so include a short sentence or two to let them know. There is a limited number of books available and will be allocated on first come, first serve basis.

The Stepping into Nature project is led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnership and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more about Stepping into Nature please visit www.stepin2nature.org.

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