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The joys of gardening and the wonders of nature are beautifully represented in a new children’s book by Thrive horticultural therapy practitioner Caroline Pankhurst.

The star of the book is Humphrey, a guinea pig that enjoys growing vegetables and flowers, who must help rescue a friend in peril.

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Accompanied by Rosemary the rabbit, Humphrey is taken on an adventure through the natural world which is depicted in delightful illustrations by artist Maude Smith.

Aimed at children aged five to eight, 'The Guinea Pig Gardener and the Great Escape' is Battersea Park-based Caroline’s second book about Humphrey, written after an encouraging reception from readers to her debut story.

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Garden visits

Caroline said: ‘I wrote it during lockdown, inspired by the woodland creatures visiting my garden, often captured on my night camera – the badger feeding from the bird feeder was a particular favourite, and he features in this book, along with Foxglove, the fox, Daphne, the deer and Sweet Pea, the baby squirrel, who gets into a spot of bother and has to be rescued by Humphrey.

As with my last book, there are plenty of botanical references as well as guinea pig adventures! 

Caroline Pankhurst

'My aim is to inspire children about gardening and looking after nature – all of us at Thrive understand how important this is, to our own health and to our natural environment.’

'The Guinea Pig Gardener and the Great Escape' is available to buy here.

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