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Get creative for nature!

A new environmental art competition has opened for children and young people.

Sussex Green Living and the South Downs National Park Trust have joined forces for “Clean Up & Create”, a competition for five to 16 year olds in Sussex and Hampshire.

The initiative has been made possible thanks to a grant from The Boltini Trust.

Julie Fawcett, Chair of the South Downs National Park Trust, said “Young people are the future custodians of national gems such as the South Downs and this is a fantastic way to inspire them”

The aim is to encourage young people to design some artwork with a powerful message to raise awareness of the environment and represent the theme of a bright new future they want for the world.

There are two categories to choose from in each age group:

  • An eco-art sculpture – using litter, recycling and unwanted items, the focus of the creation and thought-provoking message is the children’s choice. There is no size limit.
  • A poster – youngsters can use litter if they wish but not compulsory. Once again, the focus of the poster and message are up to the children but it must portray either challenges to the environment and/or solutions. There is no size limit.

There are 16 prizes of £150 to be won and the competition closes on 10 July.

Carrie Cort, from Sussex Green Living, said: “The pause in our lives has given everyone the opportunity to reflect and learn how quickly nature recovers when there’s less human activity. We hope this competition will encourage young people to use their imaginations to engage with nature and the environment.”

For more information and to enter visit www.southdownstrust.org.uk/clean-up/