We were delighted to invite so many colleagues to meet the woods at Hinchingbrooke Country Park last week through the words of the children from Cromwell Park Primary School. The audience for our discussion event made their way through the woods with an ‘escaped’ sentence before joining the panel for a stimulating and wide-ranging discussion that covered the importance of imagination when exploring wild places, how children can be some of our best navigators, the importance of ecosphere literacy and how our bodies can be human laboratories.
Based around a panel discussion, this event brought together artists, explorers, thinkers and the children’s voices from our Hinchingbrooke project, to explore the role of creativity and fantastical interpretation in our relationships with the wild. The recording is accompanied by slides from our work with Ruby Class (Reception) from Cromwell Park Primary School, from which A Fantastical Guide: Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park was developed. The discussion event was in part a way to celebrate and launch this publication, placing the ‘stories, secrets and speculations of a class of four and five year olds’ into our public cultural discussions of place and the imagination.
Jo Joelson Artist and co-founder of London Fieldworks, and Outlandia, currently working on a Cambridge commission
Peter Hobbs Senior Ranger, Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Robert Macfarlane Author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places and The Old Ways
Bridget McKenzie Author of The Learning Planet blog and a founding director of Flow
Deb Wilenski Lead creative practitioner, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, and author (with Caroline Wendling) of Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park