West Horsley Place is home to many magnificent and ancient trees. These  have witnessed centuries of historical events unfolding and are home to precious ecosystems.

Join children's author, Lucy Reynolds, to immerse yourself in the value and wonder of veteran trees, exploring those that grow at West Horsley Place.

Then delve into a day of poetic and creative writing to bring these experiences to life and create your very own beautiful tree poetry. You will also get creative, decorating your tree poem using inspiration and finds from nature and having the chance to work on a design for the Surrey-wide children’s competition taking place this summer to create the endpapers for a new children’s book celebrating the thousand year old yew trees at Newlands Corner. 

Lucy Reynolds

With a PhD in Poetry and a deep-rooted care for conservation and nature, Lucy writes beautiful, melodic books for little explorers, encouraging children to pause, notice and care about the natural world around them.

Lucy grew up on a small farm in Somerset where she fostered her love of all things wild roaming free in the great outdoors. She is a children’s author and co-director of the Stepping Into Stories Kids’ Lit Fest, London. Lucy loves nothing more than teaching budding writers, preferably sitting in a field somewhere!

“Brimming with empathy” - The Sunday Post

"A truly stunning picture book" - Waterstones Meadowhall

"Lucy was kind, warm and animated. The children thoroughly enjoyed her workshops, as did all the staff!" - Busbridge Infant School

"Captivating, enthralling and humorous, Lucy had a wonderful way with the children" - Longacre School

Important Information

Ticket Cost: £45

Drop-off kids' camp

Ages: most suitable for those aged 8-12

Venue: the barn and estate


A thoughtful, creative day, filled with botanical discovery, perfect for ages 8-12.