Bird competition will be big draw

CHILDREN can grab some garden goodies by colourfully capturing our feathered friends on paper.

Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth is running a bird drawing competition as part of its Wild Bird Care Fortnight, which starts on Saturday.

For the winners, there will be a certificate, Gardman large flip-top seed feeder, an 8kg box of seed mix and a Chapelwood pink bird seed-feeder, while the runners-up will receive a certificate, Gardman standard flip-top seed feeder and a 4kg bag of seed mix

There are two age categories, three to seven-year-olds and eight to 14-year-olds, with one winner and one runner-up in each.

The drawings should be done on A4 paper using crayons and must feature a wild bird.

Entry forms are available from the garden centre and drawings should be submitted by Sunday, October 23.

They will then go on display for customers to vote for their favourites until the following week.

Heighley Gate General Manager Roger Wale said: “We are hosting the Wild Bird Care Fortnight to tie in with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Feed the Birds Day on Saturday, October 29, and we thought it would be a fun idea to host a bird drawing competition for youngsters. “

During the fortnight there will also be a bird hunt for youngsters around the centre and visitors can pick up tips about feeding and caring for garden birds.

There will be free information leaflets along with displays of bird-friendly plants, bird baths, tables, feeders and wild bird food.

For more information about the event or the drawing competition, telephone 01670 513416.