My Favourite Tree Competition is back! We have joined forces once again with Ema Rowe from Wild Wellies, Wild Wellies ( Tales & Treasures!) | Facebook to deliver another exciting competition for the children of Exmoor and Greater Exmoor. 2022 was a huge success with over 50 entries from the children. We are looking to exceed that in 2023!
Over the years we have encountered situations wherein the younger generation are aghast at the fact trees are being cutdown. The children have an understanding of the severe impacts of deforestation and assume management of woodlands is the same thing. The fact the next generation have little understanding of the role these great trees play in their future is unsettling.
Ema has seen very similar responses with her Forest School educating. When asking ice breaker questions such as ‘what is your favourite superhero?’, ‘what is your favourite food?’, or ‘what is your favourite games console character?’, the children were keen to share multiple answers. However, when asked about their favourite tree, they couldn’t answer, let alone recall what or where it was.
We are welcoming children to draw or celebrate their favourite tree in any artistic means they see fit. The aim is to connect their lives to a tree, encourage observation of that tree throughout the seasons and the wildlife it supports. Thus encouraging appreciation and pride in the landscape from an early age.
This project also feeds into some of the Rural Enterprise Exmoor vision works. Exmoor – Rural Enterprise Exmoor Vision (exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) The vision has been pieced together to ensure a difference is made to the economy in the near future. The children the competition is aimed at will be ready to enter into the working world within the next 15 years.
This competition is part of our bid to ensure we create opportunities for young people across Exmoor and Greater Exmoor. We hope to further their understanding on how they can work and live in harmony with this beautiful place we call home. There are so many unique opportunities for the next generation of Exmoor’s economy. Let’s start to expand their knowledge whilst their minds are young and full of vibrancy and imagination.
We have reached out to the local schools and home school networks to promote and encourage the competition. Many have signed up and are working alongside us. If you have a group or network that would like to get involved, please do get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerrie and Ema are very excited once again to see all the entries from you all and will be joined by
Graeme McVittie, the Senior Conservation Officer of Woodlands for Exmoor National Park will be proudly sitting on the judging panel alongside Leo Davey, a very talented local artist based in Minehead Artist | Leo Davey Studio/Gallery | England
The My Favourite Tree competition is now live with a closing date of 31st March 2023.
Winners will be announced with some exciting prizes on Saturday 22nd April to tie in with Earth Day.
We cannot wait to see your My Favourite Tree Competition entries for 2023