Grow your own winning poem on Peak District moors

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Monday 25 October 2010

22 October 2010

Grow your own winning poem on Peak District moors

Heath rush, tormentil, sundew and asphodel - the very names sound like poetry in themselves.

But these are actually all moorland plants, and now a Moorland Plant Poetry Competition has been launched to celebrate all kinds of upland grasses, flowers, mosses and heathers.

The competition has been organised by the Moors for the Future Partnership, the Peak District National Park Authority and the National Trust, who jointly run the Moorland Discovery Centre.

Moorland Discovery learning officer Rachael Kerr said: “We want people to appreciate the incredible richness and diversity of our native flora by taking a closer look at moorland plants.

“Many of these plants are fragile and rare and often overlooked, so we wanted to help people celebrate them, especially in the International Year of Biodiversity.”

The competition is open to all ages and any style of poem as long as it is about a plant found on the Peak District moorlands.

People can go out and find their own moorland plant or visit for ideas and pictures.

The poems could be anything from acrostic (where the first letter of each line spells a relevant word) to conventional rhymes, free verse, sonnets or even a Haiku (three lines of five, seven and five syllables, unrhymed, 17 syllables in all).

Winners will receive a certificate and their poems will be mounted on plaques for display at the Ward’s Croft Moorland Garden at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw.

Poems, together with the poet’s name, address, phone-number and age should be sent to the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire, S11 7TZ. The closing date is December 25 2010.

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