The re­turn of Bram­bly Hedge

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BRAM­BLY HEDGE, the charm­ing sto­ries about a com­mu­nity of mice, are be­ing re­vi­talised for a new gen­er­a­tion. The tales, with their in­tri­cate il­lus­tra­tions, were cre­ated by Jill Barklem in 1980 and in­spired by her train jour­ney to St Martin’s School of Art, which took her through Ep­ping For­est. The books have never been out of print, but Mrs Barklem has suf­fered poor health in re­cent years, so the se­ries has be­come some­what for­got­ten. Now, her daugh­ter, Lizzie Barklem, is lead­ing ef­forts to in­tro­duce the world of Bram­bly Hedge to chil­dren.

Moth­er­care is launch­ing a range of baby clothes and blan­kets in Oc­to­ber and the pub­lish­ers have pro­duced a gift edi­tion of all eight sto­ries. Dragons of Wal­ton Street has a li­cence to cre­ate Bram­bly Hedge hand-painted fur­ni­ture. ‘We’ve had such a lovely re­sponse,’ says Miss Barklem. ‘The over­rid­ing com­ment is “Oh my good­ness, I didn’t re­alise you were still here”. Peo­ple of my age have won­der­ful mem­o­ries that they want to share with their own chil­dren.’ Visit www.bram­bly­hedge.co.uk Flora Watkins

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