Samhain, when autumn meets winter

Samhain, from the Gaelic word meaning ‘summer’s end’, is halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. In Britain, the clocks go back and the evenings are dark. It is the turning point when autumn moves towards the cold of winter.

This year the changing of the clocks coincides with Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, making for an atmospheric time to visit the woods. Why not get together with friends to make an edible mandala to celebrate autumn and the changing season, using this extract from The Children’s Forest.

Extract taken from The Children’s Forest by Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson and Helen d’Ascoli.