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Winning poets bloom among moorland plants

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Thursday 16 June 2011

Winners of a poetry competition on moorland plants were delighted to see their verses engraved on garden tools at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw.

The engraved spades, saws, trowels and even old spoons, will remain stuck into raised beds in the Ward’s Croft moorland garden at the educational centre near the Peak District’s Sheffield border, which is used extensively by schools and community groups.

The competition was organised by the Peak District National Park Authority and National Trust, who run the Moorland Discovery Centre.

Derbyshire poet laureate Ann Atkinson judged the winning poems, along with National Park learning and discovery officer Rachael Kerr and Moors for the Future information officer Lynne Fox.

Ann Atkinson said she had been truly inspired by the entries from adults and children alike: “Although I’ve lived in the Peak District for 30 years I didn’t know about moorland plants like sphagnum or bogbean. These poems were wonderfully lucid and specific - doing this has taught me a lot.”

National Trust visitor experience manager Rachel Mora-Bannon said: “The success of the competition is a reflection of the enthusiasm of local people to get involved and discover more about their own landscapes.”

National Park learning and discovery team manager Sarah Wilks said: “These poems will live on, encouraging people to appreciate their environment and the plants and wildlife all around them.”  

The engravings were designed by National Park design manager Diane Tranter and engraved by Sheffield craftsman Robin Dobson.

The winners were:

Children’s section - Alice Wood (age 11, from Chesterfield), Maria Latham (age 7, from St Bartholomew’s School, Longnor), Abbie Fryer Winder (age 7, from Longnor). Runners-up: Emma Ruth Adderley (age 8, from Longnor), Charlotte Henshaw (age 7, from Sheffield).

Adult section - Caroline Hawkridge (from Northwich), John Sewell (from Bakewell). Runners-up: Noel Williams (from Sheffield), Alison Riley (from Sheffield).

Children winners of moorland poetry competition
Seven-year-old Abbie Fryer Winder was delighted to see her poem, Star Moss, engraved in a star shape on a spade:

Star Moss

A star floating in the air
Twinkling in the night sky
Bright and way up high
Moss you are so shiny
I just want to stare
Gazing into your twinkling
Sparkly green leaves
You are soft
As a feather

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