Promise you won’t forget me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred
The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
Alan Alexander Milne wrote a story about a bear. His name Winnie the Pooh. On the face of it a whimsical pantheon of tales about a bear and his friends – in the company of a boy called Christopher Robin. But the bear, through his accidental adventures and mistaken logic, taught us about friendship, trust and fun.
It was inspired by his son Christopher Robert Milne and his toys – a stuffed bear called Winnie, and his friends Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger. Living on the edge of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, he, Milne had the perfect location on his doorstep to set his stories. And the Ashdown Forest would become in the world of Winnie the Pooh – the Hundred Acre wood.
The Hundred Acre Wood was a place of adventure, inquisitive curiosity and friendship. Of games and puzzles; of a world beyond the grown-up world of serious and sensible.
There is a memorial plaque in Ashdown Forest to A.A. Milne and his illustrator E.H. Sheppard. A sign of gratitude to people who brought a touch of lightness to children’s lives. And not far away is Poohsticks Bridge. Memories of countryside walks and rambles across old bridges. Of childish competition.
Now for all those who don’t have the lucky fortune of living near Ashdown Forest, where is your Hundred Acre Wood? There are forests across Britain, pockets of woodland and little bridges across rivers and streams, across brooks and meanders. This is the world of Winnie the Pooh and his friends; this your Hundred Acre Wood.
Let me know where your Hundred Acre Wood is? Where do you play Poohsticks? What memories do you have as a child or an adult of a life inspired by a bear called Pooh?
On the 18th of January every year, people remember A.A. Milne and those around him, his stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. They called it Winnie the Pooh Day.
If you love woodlands and forests as much as we do, here’s one we love to visit on Discover Hidden Britain – the remarkable Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. For more information, check out the link here…
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