Can you design a tree that will help nature and be a home to insects, birds, animals and even fungi? At the end of this month, the Inaugural Fantastic Forest Festival kicks off, with 11 events exploring a whole range of angle and interests connected to woodland cover in Galloway. In anticipation of the festival, this week sees the launch of the children’s drawing competition, targeted at primary school kids in the Galloway Glens area.
The Fantastic Forest Festival is being organised by a range of partners and aims to have activities for all woodland interests and ages. For the full programme and to book tickets on the events, visit: https://gallowayglens.org/plans-revealed-for-galloways-fantastic-forest-festival/.
The Primary School Drawing competition is a chance for local schoolkids to design a fantastic tree for the future. Entries will win a tree sapling to plant in their school, garden or community – and your drawing will be part of a Fantastic Forest exhibition.
As well as working with local schools to seek entrants, the Galloway Glens Team are also offering a creative teaching session in schools to introduce the competition and support the drawing skills required.
Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement Officer said:
“Our Children will be the custodians of our woodlands and our trees in the future. Children have such an empathy for the natural work so the “Design a Tree” competition will allow our Galloway Glens young people to share their love and appreciation of trees with the community while learning more about the incredible way trees work together to create habitats for insects, animals and birds and convert bad gasses into beautiful clean air. We are so excited to see what wild and imaginative designs our young people come up with for the competition.”
The Drawing competition is being supported by Ted Leeming, Galloway Glens Scheme Chairman and local artist/photographer. Ted added:
“The young always look at issues through a completely different lens when compared to adults, often offering new, fascinating and enlightening perspectives on issues. I cannot wait to start listening to, and being inspired by, their thoughts, comments and imaginations on the subject.”