The Storytelling Tree
With generous funding from Tesco Bags of Help, Sheffield Town Trust and J G Graves Charitable Foundation we were able to turn a sad, old tree stump into a magical storytelling tree in our nursery grounds. Sheffield based sculptor, Jason Turpin-Thomson created some beautiful carvings for the pleasure of our children, families and the local community. There are three baby owls, inspired by the popular story, "Owl Babies". There is a whimsical squirrel floating in an upturned umbrella and a fairy flying on a humming bird. At the base of the tree is a fairy tale staircase, intricately carved upwards to a number of small hidey holes, which are perfect for small world play enabling the children to create their own stories with toy figures and animals climbing up and down the stairs.