Published: Tuesday, 22nd March 2022

Schoolchildren across Medway are being encouraged to write poems inspired by planting and climate change for the chance to win some exciting prizes.

The competition, which was launched on Monday, 21 March to mark World Planting Day and World Poetry Day, encourages children in years 1 to 6 to use their creativity to help spread the word about climate change and inspire action in the wider Medway community.

The competition is split into three categories pupils in Year 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. Each child can enter one poem with a maximum of 16 lines.

The lucky winner of each category will receive a visit from the Kent Wildlife Trust for their class and will enjoy some hands-on educational fun. The overall winner of the competition will also be awarded a tree which will be planted within their school’s grounds.

The winners will be chosen by local poet Sam Rapp and Cllr Howard Doe.

Medway's children and young people are passionate about climate change

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council, who is leading on Medway’s Climate Change agenda, said: “We know Medway’s children and young people are passionate about climate change and I’m pleased that we are offering them the chance to creatively express their feelings about this important topic. I would encourage schools across Medway to take part in this great competition, I am looking forward to reading the entries.”

Poems should be entered through the child’s school. The deadline for electronic entries is midnight on Thursday, 21 April and for paper copies the deadline is midnight on Monday, 25 April.

The competition also supports the council’s aspiration to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything it does.

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