12 August 2020

Young artists across Marr, Kincardine and Mearns, and Garioch, Aberdeenshire are urged to get creative

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is once again inviting school pupils across the area to get creative and enter its school art competition.

Pupils are encouraged to create a piece of art illustrating a ‘game or wildlife species from the British Isles in its natural habitat’. An additional prize will be awarded for the best 50-word description of the creation. Any medium is accepted and creativity is encouraged.

Sponsored by a number of Deeside Estates with prizes donated by local artist, Mel Shand and the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI), the overall winning primary and secondary artists will enjoy a drawing workshop with Mel Shand. The overall winning primary artist will also enjoy an education day out to a local farm for their whole class. The competition is supported by Aberdeen Council’s Education Department.

Iona Laing, representing the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be launching this exciting project again in Marr and beyond across Aberdeenshire. There was a superb uptake last year and we hope to see the same again this year, and look forward to celebrating the great talent from young artists across the area. The competition helps to engage young people with the valuable conservation work in which the Trust is involved and  encourages youngsters to enjoy the countryside, inspiring long-term interest in game, wildlife and their habitats.”

Information packs are being sent out to primary and secondary schools across the Grampian area in time for the new term.

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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