Festive poetry competition for school children

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A CHRISTMAS tree farm has launched its first festive poetry competition giving East Sussex youngsters the chance to win prizes for themselves and their school.

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm has challenged children to write a poem involving a Christmas tree.

Two winners will each win a box of books for their school courtesy of publisher Usborne Children’s Books, a tree for their school and a £25 shopping voucher for themselves. The competition will be judged by poet Alice Allen.

Winners will be announced on December 10 via Facebook. The winners will be invited to recite their poems at the farm’s annual Christmas carol concert on December 12.

The concert, which will include carols from Catsfield Primary pupils, will help raise funds for the Spinal Injuries Association.

The Spinal Injuries Association is a charity close to Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm owner Clive Collins’ heart as he lost the use of his legs after falling from a tree while working as a forester.

Clive said: “The Spinal Injuries Association is a superb organisation and provides information and support to people with spinal injuries. I am really pleased to be helping the charity in this small way.”

The competition has two categories, one for those aged between 4 and 7 years and one for 8-11 years. Entries must be received by December 5. For more details on how to enter go to Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm’s page on Facebook.