The Woodland Trust has teamed up with Kelly’s of Cornwall to launch its Wild Summer Photography Competition, and is encouraging people across Bedfordshire to visit their nearest wood and get snapping over the summer holidays.
The two organisations are encouraging budding photographers in the region to capture their wild summer on camera for a chance to win a holiday in Cornwall, the home of Kelly’s. There will also be a range of prizes for three runners up. The competition is open to all ages and abilities, and is looking for entries that capture the essence of what makes our trees, woods and countryside so unique.
Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive, said: “Our trees, woods and countryside have provided inspiration for many iconic scenes and we want people to get out and create one of their own this summer. We have plenty of woods in Bedfordshire to visit and get up close and personal with nature.”
Some of the top Woodland Trust woods in Bedfordshire include Bramingham Wood near Luton, Reynolds Wood near Brogborough and Swineshead & Spanoak Woods near Kimbolton. Just 13% of the UK is covered by woodland, which is one of the lowest amounts in the whole of Europe. The charity hopes to reconnect people with the great outdoors and remind them why it’s so special.
Lucy Morrison from Kelly’s added: “Britain is filled with wonderful natural creations and that’s why we’ve teamed up with the Woodland Trust to encourage people to get outdoors and explore their local wildlife over summer. It’s the start of the summer holidays so while you’re out and about with the family, why not take a camera and capture your adventures on film – you could snap yourself an amazing ice cream experience in Cornwall!”
Last year more than 10,000 photographs were judged, featuring inspiring ancient forests and colourful wildlife. Last year’s winner, Ashley Chaplin saw his shot used across national media, including the Guardian, Times and the BBC.
People have until September 30 to upload a competition entry at woodlandtrust.org.uk/wildsummer.