Cranbrook Town News

Join Lisa Schneidau for a Story Walk this Sunday

By Geoffrey Hayward
Cranbrook Town News

Lisa Schneidau standing next to a large Ask tree looking up.
Photo by Tony Whitehead.

This Sunday, local storyteller Lisa Schneidau is coming to Cranbrook to give an extraordinary storytelling walk through the Cranbrook Country Park. Attendees will listen to traditional immersive stories inspired by the ash trees.

Lisa Schneidau will be coming to tell ancient stories from Norse, Irish and British traditions peppered with natural history and sharp observation.

“Lisa Schneidau telling a story.”
Photo provided by Devon Wildlife Trust.

The stories will teach you about ash trees and how they have always been at the centre of change.

Lisa Schneidau said, “I created ‘The World Tree’ as a storytelling piece during the lockdown, working with Devon Wildlife Trust and Beaford in North Devon and online. The stories are ancient in origin but great fun and thought-provoking too. I hope people in Cranbrook will come along on Sunday morning to meet some native Cranbrook ash trees and hear their stories”.

The event is part of the Saving Devon’s Treescapes summer events programme. Saving Devon’s Treescapes is a project led by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This event is in partnership with Cranbrook Town Council.

A spokesperson for Saving Devon’s Treescapes said, “Ash is one of our most common trees, bringing many gifts: timber, fuel, tools, inspiration and protection. Unfortunately, now ash dieback is on the march through our countryside, and in ten years, most of our ash trees will be lost”.

The event is free and open to everyone. Join Lisa Schneidau in the Cranbrook train station car park at 10 am on Sunday 31st July for a two-hour storytelling walk through the Cranbrook Country Park.

A spokesperson for Saving Devon’s Treescapes said, “The story is designed for adults and older children. Please be aware we will be walking across the country park and the ground may be uneven in places. Assistance dogs only, please”.

You can find out about the project and how to get involved at