The charming world of Brambly Hedge has become part of the imaginative life of young and old all over the world and has been translated into a co-ordinated gift collection by Royal Doulton. Royal Doulton felt from the very outset that Jill Barklem's world of Brambly Hedge was that rarest of creations - a story which possessed universal appeal.
Jill Barklem, the British creator of this self-contained community of mice, gained her inspiration from Epping Forest. Her home, where she lives with her family, overlooks the Forest and observing the Forest scenes through the changing seasons, gave her the inspiration for the first four books: the Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter Stories.
She then sat side by side with Royal Doulton's designers to ensure that all the vitality and detail of her intricate illustrations were retained in the collection of gifts, to capture the full charm of the delightful mice family on china and to translate them into figure models.
As the collection of books by Jill Barklem has increased so has the Royal Doulton
Collection and today, the range and variety of the items offer gift ideas for all ages and
for all occasions, as the mice of Brambly Hedge step from the pages of the books onto the
finest of Royal Doulton china.
Early that summer, Miss Poppy Eyebright
Hidden in the brambles,
Mrs. Apple had spent the afternoon baking pies,