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"Where My Wellies Take Me" - Poetry Competition for World Book Day

Join us in celebrating 20 years of Teaching Trees in 2020 by telling us all about your woodland adventures. 

 Where My Wellies Take Me


For World Book Day on the 5th March we are giving away 6 copies of Michael and Clare Morpurgo's poetry anthology "Where My Wellies Take Me" to the winners of our children's poetry competition. A winner will be selected in each of the categories below.

      Age 5 - 7 (Key Stage 1)

      Age 7 - 11 (Key Stage 2)

      Age 11 - 13 (Key Stage 3)


"What we know is there is little more important than the growing of trees. We always thought they were there to enjoy and to look at and admire, and so they are. But we realise more and more that they keep the planet healthy, and provide habitat and refuge for our wild creatures. So as Ted Hughes once said if ever you cut a tree down, plant three more in its place."

Michael Morpurgo 


Where My Wellies Take Me Cover


To enter:

1. Write a poem of any style about the adventures that you have been on in forests wearing your wellies. You may choose to include pictures or photographs of your adventures.

2. Send your poem to or post to the RFS Office.

3. The closing date will be Monday 24th February at 12pm.


The competition will be judged by a panel of judges and will be announced on our website and social media on the 5th March for World Book Day. The winner in each category will receive a hardback copy of "Where My Wellies Take Me" for themselves as well as one for their school or local organisation. 


Terms and conditions

By entering the competition you are agreeing to the terms and conditions below.

1. Entries must by received by email or by post by Monday 24th February at 12pm

2. All entries must have the following information on the reverse or clearly attached:

          Entrant Name:

          Age Group: 5-7 (KS1)   7-11 (KS2)  11-13 (KS3)

          Address for prize if you should be chosen as a winner:

Any entries without this information will not be accepted. 

3. If you choose to include your name on the front page of the poem it must be your first name only with no other personal information included.

4. Winners will be announced by their first name and age group only. The School or Organisation name and address will not be published.

5. Winning entries will be published on the RFS website and our social media channels. Please note that any images that are included with the winning entries will be published. If you do not wish to have your images shared publically please do not include them.

6. Entries cannot be returned.

7. The decision of the judges is final.

8. The prize for each category will be two copies of "Where My Wellies Take Me", one for the individual entrant and one for their school or organisation. There are no alternatives. 

9. Schools or organisations may submit a group of entries but each entry will still need to have the relevant details clearly labelled.

10. The competition is not open to employees or contractors of the Royal Forestry Society or their families.