I'm so proud to be a patron of CCI. Curiosity, landscape, imagination, creativity, childhood, wildness - the organisation's passions and values could hardly be more important or inspiring right now. Every one of its projects makes me see things strangely again, tips a little more wonder back into the world.
We are delighted to announce that writer and adventurer Robert Macfarlane has agreed to become a patron of CCI.
Robert first encountered our work through a Footprints project led by Deb Wilenski with Histon Children’s Centre in 2012 (described in 37 Shadows).
I loved all of it: the project’s emergence, the mapping of the imaginative geography of the wood, the tentative suggestions of what we might learn from the children, the ‘contagious’ nature of stories…
We then invited him to respond to the children’s ideas about Hinchingbrooke Country Park by writing a foreword for our first Fantastical Guide (by Deb Wilenski with Caroline Wendling):
Seen through the eyes of these four and five year olds, Hinchingbrooke Country Park ceases to be 170 acres of meadow, woodland, and marsh, lying 2 km west of Huntingdon and bounded on one side by the A14. It is instead a limitless universe, changeable in its textures, and endlessly replenished in its originality. It is a wild compound of dream, spell and substance.
Since writing this foreword in 2013, Robert has written more about our work in his chapter Childish for his book Landmarks (published in 2015).
We look forward to collaborating further with Robert in the future.