Winter book giveaway sharing beauty of nature

A limited-edition book to help people enjoy nature through the colder winter months is to be given out for free by the Stepping into Nature project to support wellbeing.

The book, ‘Seasons of Stories Winter’, travels through Winter taking delight in the seasonal changes taking place in nature and our relationship with those wintery days. Those changes are told through captivating short stories, riddles, recipes, poetry, and illustrations along with thoughts from the wider community.

The book can be enjoyed by everyone and is particularly great for people who have limited opportunities to connect to nature and others, for example people who are living with long term health conditions, in a caring role, experiencing loneliness, low mental health or low confidence. The Seasons of Stories series has had outstanding feedback, with people saying the books have enabled them to have meaningful conversations with loved ones, brought back fond memories and have invited positivity back into their lives.

Stepping into Nature Project Officer, Steph Aburrow said:

“We’re excited to share the Winter book and for the Seasons of Stories series to be complete. We are proud of all the books we’ve created, and the Winter book will not disappoint. Creating this book has made me look beyond the dark, cold and glum wintery days and instead appreciate the beautiful parts of winter, such as the clear starlit skies and glistening frosty mornings. Hopefully this book will help people to find what they personally love about winter.’

Winter trees (c)Tony Gill

The book has been produced by the creative team made up of Martin Maudsley, (storyteller), Sarah Acton (poet), Julie Hammon and Steph Aburrow, (Stepping into Nature project team) and Spike Golding, (designer).

Professional storyteller, Martin Maudsley said:

‘Despite the wild weather, winter holds many bright treasures. The dark, cold nights provide the perfect setting for sitting round the fire together and telling stirring stories. In January, in Dorset, I enjoy being part of the tradition of wassailing – a festive opportunity to gather together outside in the apple orchard to wish good health to the trees, and each other, for the year ahead…’

Rampisham (c) Tony Gill

View the book

Would you, or someone you know, a friend, family member or neighbour , benefit from receiving the physical book? You can view digital and audio versions here  

To request a physical copy by post then please fill in this short form or call Jules from Stepping into Nature on 01305 224785. There is a limited number of books available and will be allocated on first come first serve basis.

The Stepping into Nature project is led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. For more about Stepping into Nature go to

“I will read it and enjoy it, these books are a breath of fresh air. I will share it with family and friends. These books are wonderful. They are a joyous combination or art, photography and poetry, please keep producing them.”

- Recipient of a previous seasonal book