Green Kids winners hoard the limelight

Budding young artists have the chance for their work to be seen by hundreds of people in Norwich on a daily basis - and on a massive scale - thanks to a great EDP/Norwich Union competition.

Budding young artists have the chance for their work to be seen by hundreds of people in Norwich on a daily basis - and on a massive scale - thanks to a great EDP/Norwich Union competition.

The winners of Green Kids will be able to see their work blown up and displayed on Norwich Union's huge screenings in Surrey Street in what will become a beautiful wall of art.

Open to children and young people between five and 18, the competition is to design an environmentally themed poster to encourage friends, parents and the general public to be greener.

The three age group winners and two runners up from each will see their work transferred on to the gigantic boards.

Each category winner will also get a fantastic mountain bike and related safety equipment.

Tom Oxley, Norwich Union's corporate responsibility manager, said the competition fit it well with what the company is trying to do.

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“We have committed to “carbon neutralise,” by engaging in offsetting schemes with our parent company Aviva.

“We already buy emission-free energy through hydro-electric sources for the buildings we manage. And we reduce energy consumption when we can.

“An excellent example of energy reduction is a piece of software we're testing which switches off computers if they are not being used overnight.

“Given that we have more than 30,000 computers across the UK (and a snap survey showed around half were left on overnight) the energy savings are potentially enormous - in the region of £1m, we estimate.

“It's the every day things we can all do - walking not driving, lids on saucepans, thermostat down a notch - which will make a difference.”

Posters can be in paint, pencil or felt-tip but should not have anything stuck on, such as glitter because it makes them hard to scan and blow up.

Closing date for the designs, which should be A3 size, is next Friday, March 16.