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Tell your story

At The Tree Council, we work with amazing young people in schools across the UK, encouraging them to take action to tackle the climate and nature crises, and to stand up as a Force For Nature. We know just how important trees are, fundamentally giving us the oxygen we need to live while also enhancing our lives, making us feel calmer when things are tough.

After last year’s outstanding response, we’re once again partnering with The Week Junior Science+Nature to launch our exciting writing competition.

It’s time to tell your story in nature!

Whether you write a poem or a piece of prose, fiction or non-fiction, we want you to tap into why nature is important to you. It might be a poem about your favourite tree, a story told from the perspective of an acorn or a description of a green space that you really love. It might be set in the past, present or future, on Earth or elsewhere. See where the seeds of your imagination take you!

To help you get started, we’ve created this handy guide full of tips and ideas. By telling nature’s story, we can all make a difference – so let’s get creative for our planet!

 

Harry’s top tips for writing about nature

Our Ambassador Harry Munt is an experienced freelance writer with a passion for nature, as well as being one of the judges of our ‘Story in Nature’ competition. Watch the video below to hear some of Harry’s tricks of the trade to help you get the most from your story in nature.

Teacher Resources

To those teachers inspiring their pupils to enter our competition and be a #ForceforNature, download our PowerPoint to deliver a nature writing lesson that inspires entries.

Competition details

  • The competition is open to all children in the UK aged between 8 and 15.
  • There are two age categories: under 11 and 11-15. One winner will be chosen from each category.
  • The competition opens to entries on 10 November 2022 and closes at 23.59 GMT on 5 December 2022.
  • The winners, runners-up and shortlisted entries will be announced on 6 January 2023.
  • Entries can be submitted using the online form below or via email or post, if preferred.
  • Each child can only submit one entry. Each entry must be submitted by the child’s parent/guardian or a teacher with permission to submit.
  • The two winners will each receive a year’s free subscription to The Week Junior Science+Nature magazine, a £50 book voucher and a book bundle from The Tree Council!
  • All shortlisted entries will be published in an exclusive e-book and will receive a certificate.

Please click here for full terms and conditions.

Submit your story

The easiest way to submit a child’s entry is by using our online form.

Alternatively, to enter via email please download and complete the entry form and send it along with the child’s entry to schools@treecouncil.org.uk with the subject header ‘Story in Nature competition entry.’

To enter via post, please download, print and complete the entry form and send it along with your child’s entry to The Tree Council at 4 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU. Please mark the envelope ‘Story in Nature competition.’

Good luck!