A Nature Art Contest invited participants to describe, in artistic form, what nature meant to them. All entries were judged by local artist Olivia Clifton-Bligh from Bull Mill Arts, and with nearly 40 entries, the competition was tough. Olivia said “It was so hard to choose a winner in each category because there were so many excellent entries. I really enjoyed being involved”.

Sustainable Warminster and Warminster Wildlife Watch ran the competition, aiming to inspire people across Wiltshire and put a little Spring in the current gloom. The contest took part during April.

Sarah, from Sustainable Warminster, said:  “It was great to see and read the varied creative and personal responses on the subject from so many young people.”

Prizes were awarded to each of the three categories, ages up to 10, 11 to 18, and 18-plus. A bonus prize was awarded to the best poem in each category.

Sue Adamson, the winner of the 18+ art piece, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and extremely flattered by Olivia’s comments: such a confidence boost. I’ve been painting/collaging for some years now, but only entered a few competitions/open exhibitions recently.”

Winners in each category:

✨Art – Esme Crook, age 4 – winning a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Watch membership

✨Poem ‘Nature’ – Mary Cox, age 8 – Winning a WWT soft toy 11- 18 years

✨Art – Annabelle Grimes, aged 11 – Winning a pair of WWT binoculars

✨Poem – Sophie Brimble ‘Nature’ – age 12 – Winning a WWT ID guide & wildflower seeds 18 +

✨Art – Sue Adamson – Winning £30 voucher for Eco-Kiosk

✨Poem ‘pond’ – Anni Hodges – Winning a copy of the Sustainablelish Living book by Jen Gale