Head Gardener Stephen Herrington walks around the stunning 240 acre estate at Leonardslee Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures

Award-Winning Author Hannah Peckham brings children’s Activity Trail to Leonardslee

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens are welcoming back the Conker Activity Trail, featuring the acclaimed children’s author Hannah Peckham. From Sat 10 June – Sun 30 July, this immersive event will be inviting visitors to explore nature, their senses, and their emotions while engaging with the imaginative world of Peckham’s books. 

The Conker Activity Trail is designed to help lay the foundation of good mental health in children. This mirrors the goals of Peckham’s books. Upon arrival, visitors can pick up a free activity book at reception. Follow Conker, the lovable chameleon, around the picturesque gardens in celebration of her award-winning book, Conker the Chameleon. 

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens was chosen as the perfect location for the trail. Woodland gardens provide a calming and restorative effect on the mind for both children and adults. Studies have shown that cortisol levels decrease when walking in nature, and outdoor activities can reduce the risk of poor mental health. 

In addition to the activity trail, Hannah Peckham will host a book reading at Leonardslee on Sat 17 June.

Her latest book, Bronty’s Battle Cry, follows a little dinosaur who learns to live life singing to his own tune. During the illustration stage, Peckham’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Now on a mission to raise awareness and find a kinder cure, Peckham works tirelessly on the #PantsToLeukhemia initiative with her son, Bodhi. As a result, 25p of each book sold will be donated to the Leukaemia UK #PantsToLeukaemia fund. 

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is a stunning Grade I listed woodland garden located in Horsham, West Sussex. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse flora and fauna, it provides a serene environment for visitors to connect with nature and enjoy various events throughout the year. 

For more information, please visit www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk or read our article on Leonardslee Gardens HERE

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