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Welcome to the Forest Tree King

This tale starts on the Palace Steps in Hayesdown Academy School grounds.

Do you know where they are?

When you walk to that location the first chapter of the story will reveal.

Chapter one

The Gateway

As you step out the woodland procession approaches, and lifted highly upon firm branches, all knotted in a crazy splendid mess, sits the Forest Tree King, and all about is perfect. The sunshine of the day perches upon his shoulder and he looks lovingly down into the gathered crowd.

Ribbons and bunting are everywhere, gold, green, blue, white, yellow, fluttering like butterflies in the light summer breeze.

'Welcome my friends' he says to the gathering, his deep voice, warm and welcoming. 'Now who shall sit on my throne for the day? Who shall bring me the most perfect leaf, for that is what you must do for me and then I will grant the winner a seat upon my throne for the day.'
Chapter two


He then pauses for effect though the words are the same every year.
'But there is one simple rule, do you know it?' and all about the crowd chant 'Yes, yes we do.'
'Well then that is good, but lets help our new friends freshly joined' and he turns to you and says.

'The leaves must fall naturally to the ground, none must be picked from the trees themselves, and be careful where you collect them from, it must be clean and free from litter of any kind. Now are you ready?'

Are you? Then nod to the Forest Tree King.

All about the courtyard the frenzy is about to begin, there is a magic hush as the King lifts his arm in readiness. Everyone holds their breath waiting for the signal, then he opens his palm and out spill hundreds of rose petals, and off like a gun the crowd goes, to the left and right, people scurrying and snatching at the leaves on the ground, along the side and all about. When they have what they believe to be the best, then they head off across the grass at a mad pace.

Then the King of the Forest turns gently to you again and asks kindly. 'What are you waiting for, find one superb leaf each, make it different from each others, so no two should be alike if you can help it, then take them to the five judges in the field.'

'The winner will have the chance to sit upon my throne, it is always the prize going far back into history, further than books, and long beards, and perhaps even before shoes were invented, and that is a very long way back indeed!'

So your task is set, each take a moment to find a leaf, as perfect as can be and then when you are ready, come back to me and read on.

You all have a leaf?
Go to the train.
Chapter three

Daisy the Dog

My name is Daisy the dog. I go hunting for bones and I live in a dog bed and I play with bones and my nose is round like a chocolate button. My best food is chocolate and chocolate buttons.

I am looking for a Leaf which is curved just like my favourite sleeping basket. Which leaf is the best to sleep on?
Go to the middle of the field.
Chapter four

Dilly Doormouse

My name is Dilly Dormouse. I go hunting for food in the woods. I dropped a nut on the way home. But what I am looking for is a leaf which is long and thin just like my tail.

Which leaf is the most tail like?
Go to the tyre snake
Chapter five

Pippa Pigeon

My name is Pippa the Pigeon. I like to eat lots of food. I am big and as fluffy as a cloud, I am a bird. I can fly lots and lots. I like exploring for food and playing with my friends.

My criteria for a good leaf is one shaped like an icescream cone, the one closest to this shape will win this round.

Who's leaf is the most come shaped?
Go to the pond area.
Chapter six

Hedgehog Ben Hedgehog

My name is Ben The Hedgehog. I eat worms and go in the mud and the Hedgehogs got mud and is wet and dark and meet some frendis the rabbit is very kind and Bens eyes is beautiful and the nose is beautiful. I am black like the rock. Ben the Hedgehogs is s seven years old and is a good worker he is realy good at writing.

The leaf which has a saw tooth edge will win this round as it looks like my shadow when the sun is bright.

Go to the back of the Bridge Centre building.
Chapter seven

Squire Squirrel

As you approach the judge you can see hundreds of squirrels, all bright and proud of their tails like a huge mass of furry noodles, but in the middle is Squire Squirrel, who appears to be sitting on a grand nest of twigs. The closer you get the more frantic the squirrels move, as if everything is too hot to stay still on even for a moment. Finally they can bare it no more, and suddenly they all scamper off to the near by trees, all of them that is, but for the one called Squire Squirrel.

'Put them on the ground for me to see,' he says, as he climbs down off his dray, which is the name for a squirrel's nest.

Lay your leaves in a row for the Squire to see, when you have done it then read on.

Squire Squirrel spends a few moments pruning and preening his tale before he even looks at the leaves, then in an instance he says. That one, and points at the shiniest.

Which of the leaves you have laid down is the shiniest?

'My tail is so beautiful.' says Squire Squirrel, then hops back up on to the roof to nest back in his dray. Then he see's you are still there.

'What are you waiting for, off you go to the next judge.'

Then Squire Squirrel goes back to preening his wonderful tail, perched on his magnificent dray.

So which is the shiniest, for that is the squirrels choice.
Go to the stone circle.
Chapter eight

Stressy Ant

I am Stressy Ant. I am orange and white and I am quite small. I like eating sandwiches and swimming in the deep, blue sea and going on holidays with mummy and Daddy. I have two long black tenticles and six short legs smaller than a crum that fell from a sandwich onto a plate. She doesn't like thunder and litening clouds by her house at night wile in bed. But theres one problem I don't like other people in my house at night. I want a huge leaf to cover my little Ant home.
Go back to the palace steps.
Chapter nine

The Forest Tree King

The King waits eagerly, he has judged many leaves already, but lots of faces are a little glum as nobody has won yet today, but then you place your leaves on the ground and the Kings wise eyes light right up.

'Tell me,' he says, 'Which did Stressy Ant choose?

And which did Daisy Dog choose?

And what about Dilly Doormouse, which did she choose?

And Pippa Pigeon, she wanted a cone shaped leaf, which did she like the best?

He talks so fast that you find your head gets dizzy, but you point as quickly as he asks.

'All these leaves are so beautiful,' he says 'but every competition needs a winner and the throne can only hold one person, so . . . ' and he pauses thinking for a moment.

'Is there one leaf which has been chosen more than the others?'

Who's leaf has been chosen the most times?

But the King shakes his head, 'We can't leave it like this, I have an idea, you can take it in turns on my throne.'

And an enormous round of applause erupts from the crowd, hats are thrown into the air and music begins to start.

Then the Forest Tree King lifts you up high onto the throne of branches and all cheer at the first winner.
Chapter ten

The End

Did you enjoy the adventure?

How would you make it better?

Should there have been another judge creature? Stressy Slug, Lucky Rook, Wild Red Robin, Field Mouse, Patricia Pigeon?

If you were one of the judges what would be your criteria for the best one?

What would you change about the story?

Who's leaf should really have won?