20 August 2018

Youngsters urged to get creative for wildlife

GWCT Art Competition

Pictured with Nicola Porter, marketing director of competition sponsor Blackadders, are (left to right) William, Charlie and Alice Laing.

YOUNG  artists in Perth and Kinross are being urged to get creative by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

The GWCT is again appealing to pupils to get creative and enter the annual GWCT schools’ art competition, which is now in its 14th year.

Pupils are encouraged to create a piece of art depicting a game or wildlife species from anywhere in the UK relevant to the Trust’s conservation work, giving loads of choice in terms of subject matter.

Sponsored by Blackadders and the Basil D’eath Trust, with prizes donated by Perth-based artist and sculptor Julian Jardine, the competition is supported by Perth and Kinross Council’s Education and Children’s Services and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).

Iona Laing, events officer for GWCT Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be launching this exciting project once again and look forward to celebrating the great talent from young people across Perth and Kinross.”

“The competition helps to engage youngsters with the valuable conservation work in which the Trust is involved, and with many species – not just game. 

“Encouraging youngsters to enjoy the countryside and all that lives within it will enhance the long-term protection of game, wildlife and their habitats.”

Information packs are being sent out to all primary and secondary schools in Perth and Kinross in the coming week.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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