Winners announced: Results of children’s poetry competition revealed
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Colourful wildlife, beautiful surroundings and a warning to protect the planet have been featured in poetry penned by youngsters in a creative writing competition.
The winners of Briar Chemicals' Young Poets of the Year 2017 contest have been announced, in what is the competition's 13th year.
With a theme of planet Earth, youngsters from the region's schools were asked to take inspiration from their surroundings.
Ruby Emms-Wright, from Saxlingham Primary School, was crowned the winner in the eight to nine-year-old category, while Ryan
Price, from Denver Primary School, won in the 10 to 11-year-old category.
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Ben Garrod, television presenter and evolutionary biologist, was the final stage judge for this year's competition and has provided his thoughts on each of the poems from winners and runners-up.
He said: 'Overall, there were so many great entries, it was hard to pick just one or two each time. Every single one of the poems in this competition had one thing in common in that they either celebrated the beauty of the natural world or reinforced the need for us to protect the world around us.
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'In many of these poems, I felt a sense of sadness from the author. These pieces show that not only are our young people aware of the tipping point our planet faces but that they care also and want to see a positive change.'
The competition is part of Norwich-based Briar's Science in Schools programme, which aims to make science learning fun as well as informative.
Sarah Harman, marketing and PR coordinator at Norwich-based Briar Chemicals and first-round judge, said: 'Briar supports STEM education and our science themed poetry competition encourages children to use their imagination and sparks an interest in science.
Our aim is to educate young people about important topics and make science learning fun.'
The winner of each age category will receive £100 and each of their schools will receive £500, courtesy of Briar Chemicals.
The firm will also donate £500 to support Mr Garrod's chosen charity, the Marine Conservation Society.
Winner - age eight to nine category
Ruby Emms-Wright, Saxlingham Primary School
Destroying the world
Today I looked out of my window
I saw a woman smoke
Even though it was so small
The world began to choke
I went out and saw someone drop trash
Surprisingly the world began to crash
The trees were all chopped
I knew my world
Winner - age 10 to 11 category
Ryan Price, Denver Primary School
The insects and the bees
The plants and the trees
The birds up high
The clouds in the sky
The sharks and the whales
The slugs and the snails
The fish in the seas
The friends and families
The worms underground
The air all around
The seals and the polar bears
The rabbits and the hares
The stones and the rocks
The orange-haired fox
The squirrels and the moles
The badgers digging burrow holes
The cats and the dogs
The branches and the logs
The Earth holds other things too
Other things like me and you