A young conservation worker has penned a storybook for young children as part of her traineeship with a wildlife trust.
Arty Gemma Bowcock is a Developing Green Talent trainee with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust and her book The Dream Garden is designed to encourage toddlers over the age of 18 months to think about wildlife gardening.
The story follows a girl called Emily – who Gemma named after her niece – as she transforms her garden into a haven for wildlife with the help of her family.
Gemma, 23, said: “It introduces the concept of wildlife gardening to the children, and there are lots of activities for them to do in their own garden at the end of the book.”
The nature lover – originally from Tring but now living in Thame – also illustrated the book and has read the story to youngsters at several of the trust’s Nature Tot sessions, including one at College Lake on the outskirts of Tring.
She said: “There’s a lot of information out there for adults but a lack of information for young children that age, so I thought I could fill that gap.
“I really enjoyed the project – I love writing and art is a hobby of mine, so it was great that I had chance to bring it to work.”
The book costs £4 and can be purchased in the gift shop at College Lake, or read online for free here.