Creative youngsters win bird-box contest

Caroline O'Neill, from Mannings of Alnwick, presents the prizes for the birdbox competition. Picture by Jane Coltman
Caroline O'Neill, from Mannings of Alnwick, presents the prizes for the birdbox competition. Picture by Jane Coltman

The winners of a school competition to design bird boxes for the grounds of Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre were awarded their prizes last week.

Joshua Bainbridge, from St Paul’s RCVA Primary, in Alnwick, Emily Claydon, from Longhoughton C of E Primary, and Daniel Rowell, from Alnwick’s Barndale House were the lucky winners.

They were presented with bird-feeding stations and bird feed for their school grounds which were kindly donated by Mannings of Alnwick.

The competition, organised by staff at Willowburn Sports Centre, was opened up to school children who have swimming lessons there.

The children were invited to draw up designs of bird boxes.

The winner from each school was then given a bird box on which to draw their design and the colourful bird boxes will now be hung in the grounds of the sports centre.

Steven Temple, centre manager, said: “We’d like to thank all the schools and pupils for taking part and for Mannings for judging the entries and donating the prizes.

“We had some really superb entries which demonstrated the talent and imagination of the young children living in our local community.”

In May, Brownies and Guides from Alnwick gave a helping hand in the grounds of Willowburn Sports Centre, while working towards their adventure and challenge awards.

Alnwick 1st Brownies and Alnwick 2nd Brownies, along with Alnwick Guides planted flowers, picked up litter and took part in an evening nature trail.

Their efforts helped the centre prepare for its Alnwick in Bloom entry and the helping hand from the younger generation was very much appreciated.