Squirrel tale helps Leicester pupil win wildlife-themed prize for her school

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust announces winners of story writing competition

A Leicester youngster has won a storytelling chair worth thousands of pounds for Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy school after her tale about a day in the life of a squirrel was judged to be the best entry into Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s first ever short story writing competition.

The Trust invited every Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) pupil in the city to combine their creativity with their love of nature and come up with a story featuring UK plants, trees and/or animals. After reading through a wide range of entries, a panel of expert judges then picked their top three.

The winners were:

  1. Phoebe, Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy - The Day in the Life of a Squirrel

  2. Rafi, Leicester Preparatory School - The Tale of the Red Squirrel

  3. Ruqiya], Sparkenhoe Community Primary School - The Striped Fox

Phoebe Wade found out that she had won live on BBC Radio Leicester when her story was read out on air during the afternoon show on Monday July 1st [TO BE CONFIRMED].

The three winners will now receive prizes for their schools. First prize is a custom-built storytelling chair and storytelling area, second is a bespoke wildlife-themed story trail and third is 12 wildlife-themed fiction and non-fiction books for the entrant’s school library.

The competition forms part of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Wild Forest School project, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Simon Bentley, director of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “We know that Leicester children are both incredibly creative and passionate about wildlife, but we were amazed by the quality of entries into our new story writing competition. We saw all sorts of tales featuring a wide range of plants and animals which shows that youngsters in the city have great knowledge of nature.

“We’re thrilled that we’ll now be able to hand out these fantastic prizes to the winners’ schools. We’d like to thank all those who took part, as well as players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support of our Wild Forest School.”

The judging panel included BBC Radio Leicester afternoon show presenter Jimmy Carpenter, Leicester Mercury news editor Linda Steelyard, Leicester City Council environmental education co-ordinator Lee Jowett and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Grow Wild gardener Matthew Herbert.