Tell your story in nature!

The deadline for the competition has now closed. Winners will be announced on 5 December. Thank you to everyone who sent in their incredible stories for us to read!

At The Tree Council, we work together for the love of trees to grow a greener future. We know just how important trees are, from helping us tackle the climate crisis to cheering us up when we’re feeling low. Now, we’re partnering with The Week Junior Science+Nature to launch an exciting new writing competition. It’s time to tell your story in nature.

Your story can be a poem or a piece of prose and can be fiction or non-fiction. It might be a poem about your favourite hedgerow, a story told from the perspective of a tree 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 pack full of tips and ideas. By telling nature’s story, we can all make a difference – so let’s get creative for our planet. 

Our judges

Our fantastic judges are excited to read all of your incredible entries! Our judges are Sara Lom, CEO of The Tree Council, Dan Green, Editor of The Week Junior Science+Nature, and acclaimed children’s authors Ben Hoare and Jasbinder Bilan.

“Nature is so full of inspiration and children are brilliant at tapping into it. I’m so excited to read their stories and poems, which I know will be bursting with imagination and heart!”
Jasbinder Bilan
“Children see the world afresh, using all their senses. Their rich and unique experiences of its natural wonders are an inspiration to the rest of us. I can’t wait to read their wild stories!”
Ben Hoare

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 years old. One winner will be chosen from each category. 
  • The competition opens to entries on 21 October 2021 and closes at 23.59 GMT on 25 November 2021.  
  • The winner, runners-up and shortlisted entries will be announced on 5 December 2021.  
  • 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 and a £50 book voucher from The Tree Council!
  • All shortlisted entries will be published in an exclusive e-book and will receive a certificate. 

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Looking for more ways to help our trees?

The Tree Council works together with schools, teachers and young people across the country for the love of trees to create a greener, healthier future for all of us. From our Orchards for Schools programme to our Force for Nature campaign, our Young Ambassadors to our Young Tree Champions, there are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference.

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