Thanks and well done to everyone who entered.
The standard of entries was exceptionally high, so our judging panel had a tough job!
And the winners are......
The winner in the KS2 category is
Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen
As a young tree I was fed and looked after by the River Dee.
I used to watch the trains go by and the animals flock to market.
Now they are both gone.
I still watch the fishermen and the sheep still graze by my roots.
Times are quieter now but the river still gently flows by and feeds me.
A tree on the banks of the river Dee reflects on a bygone era, evoking it beautifully, the nurturing river nurturing the tree from sapling to maturity.
"Beautiful poise to this entry. A flawless jewel, full of grace." William Fiennes
The winner in the KS3 category is
Failsworth School, Manchester
Autumn fell and my golden leaves shivered to the cold ground. I was bare. Leaves rustled as children ran around in the cool breeze, playing in a sea of shimmering foliage. A young girl came and sat next to me, crying. "Tree, no-one will play with me. Will you be my friend?" Now she sits next to me every day.
Succinctly told story of a child who seeks solace in the company of a tree which becomes her constant friend. This captures the enduring relationship between a child and their special tree.
" Creative, descriptive language, crafting a sense of place and a defining moment in a young life." William Fiennes
Congratulations to both of the winners.
The 2 winning schools will receive prizes of;
• £300 Active Kids bundle
• A creative writing workshop in their school led by William Fiennes
• The winning child will also win an individual prize from Sainsbury's
We will be in touch soon regarding your prizes.
We'd like to thank our judging panel with representatives from Sainsbury's, the Woodland Trust and William Fiennes who did a fabulous job.
In addition to the prize winning entries, the judges highly commended the following entries
North - Lauren Jones - Failsworth School, Manchester
Midlands – Leah Sales - Henry Whipple Primary School, Nottingham
South West – April Marsden - Warden Hill Primary School, Cheltenham
South East – Kittie Hibbitts - Cantley Primary School, Norwich
Scotland – The Eco Committee - Coldingham Primary School, Eyemouth
Northern Ireland - Luke Mcllwaine - Kilkeel High School, Newry