Book Release: The Fields That Heal

Kate Bourne

24 June 2021

We’re so delighted to announce the release of ‘The Fields That Heal’, written by John Hunter, tells the story of the origins and development of the children’s charity, Dandelion Time. Foreword by Michael Morpurgo and Illustrations by Rachel Rodwell on our Therapeutic Team at Dandelion.


This is the story of a group of ordinary people and their extraordinary response to a society in which the less fortunate are so often deprived of life’s greatest, freest gift – the natural world.  The Fields that Heal looks at the terrible impact on family life, especially on children, of this deprivation. When domestic breakdown, violence and abuse follow, it is children who suffer most, their physical and emotional wellbeing compromised for life. Twenty years ago, seeing the cost to her patients’ physical and mental health, a young GP determined to act. The children’s charity, Dandelion Time, was the result. This book follows the challenges, triumphs and insights on the way, and reflects on their importance for us all.

About the Author 
John Hunter, lives in Sevenoaks, Kent. His previous book, The Spirit of Self Help, a Life of Samuel Smiles, was published in 2017. Read the story of why John was so inspired to write a book about Dandelion Time here.

All proceeds directly support our work with vulnerable children.

The Fields That Heal launches at Wealden Literary Festival
We proudly launched our book at the Wealden Literary Festival, a festival celebrating the magic of the natural world through literature, arts, crafts and food as well as creative workshops and hands-on outdoor activities. In the enchanting setting of Boldshaves Garden, John Hunter, joined our patron and Best-loved children’s author Michael Morpurgo on stage to a sell-out audience. The talk was hosted by author, Alex Preston. John and Michael discussed Dandelion Time’s story and the benefits of immersing children within nature. It was such a special moment for Dandelion Time!

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