St Mary’s C of E Primary School children are Edwinstowe Heart Trail writing competition winners!

Four pupils collect accolade from RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Children from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School who entered a writing competition set by the RSPB Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve in Edwinstowe, were delighted to hear that four of their entries were winners!

St Mary’s C of E Primary School children, Harry, Ava, Dylan, and Ava, (all year 5) received certificates from Carol Hallam (Community and Volunteer Development Officer), at the nature reserve. Carol said, “Local schools were invited to take part in the ‘Love Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest’ writing competition and four children from St Mary’s received prizes. We have a heart shaped trail at the nature reserve which takes visitors from the village, up to the forest. The trail has clues along the way and this year we decided that we could use some of the winning writing from the competition to become clues on the route.” Carol said she read all of the entries, -though the competition’s judge was the forest’s writer in residence and children’s author, Sarah Ann Juckes.

“The submissions were excellent,” said Carol. “It’s lovely to hear that the children from St Mary’s appreciate and use the wonderful environment we have to offer.”

Entries by pupils Ava, Dylan and Ava, were awarded runner up prizes, with Harry’s entry being picked as the overall winner. Now Harry’s work will be displayed along the trail on a wooden heart, created by the Dukeries Community Workshop and will become part of a trail of clues that visitors can follow.

Proud winner Harry said he was pleased to be chosen as the overall winner, “My writing competition entry was about me and my friend touring Edwinstowe and showing off all of the wonderful things in our village, such as the park and High Street. I felt really shocked when I was announced as the winner, as I knew some of the other entries were really good too. I felt really grateful for winning £25 worth of book tokens but haven’t decided which books to spend it on yet.”