This winter, 121 National Trust gardens and parklands across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be inviting families to step into the world of Percy the Park Keeper, thanks to a new agreement signed by the brand’s licensing agent The Point.1888.
In partnership with the best-selling author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, the Percy the Park Keeper Winter Wander at National Trust sites will introduce children and their families to the busy park keeper and his animal friends.
Running from Saturday 4 December until Sunday 30 January, the self-led trail will invite families to join Percy’s team as he races to get the park and its animals ready for winter. After reading Percy’s handwritten note, families will help find Percy’s equipment and enjoy activities and games as they complete the trail. They’ll also be a prize to collect and a photo opportunity with Percy and his friends at the end.
“Nick’s books, with their ethos of caring for each other and the world around us, were of great support to so many people during lockdown and now that restrictions have eased and children and families can go out once more to explore, we’re delighted that Percy the Park Keeper will be right alongside them,” commented Olivia Wiggett, associate commercial manager at The Point.1888. “This deal is incredibly important to the programme and there are many more exciting plans to come.”
Nick Butterworth added: “I am absolutely delighted that Percy and his animal friends are partnering with the National Trust this winter. The houses and gardens of the National Trust are inspirational places and good for the soul.
“To be part of something that supports the National Trust, that gets people outdoors and spreads some happiness this winter is terrific.”
Lucy Footer, creative programming manager at the National Trust, said that she was “thrilled to be bringing the magic of Percy’s world to National Trust places this winter”.
She added: “Since we announced the trail, it has become clear how well-loved Percy is particularly among our garden and ranger teams and, of course, our visitors.”