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2018 Children’s Art Competition - Results

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:10

Cllr Richard Thake, Chair of HCC,with the happy winners of this years childrens art competition Cllr Richard Thake, Chair of HCC,with the happy winners of this years childrens art competition Paul Munns

This is a long standing and well loved part of the CPRE Hertfordshire calendar and this year’s theme was The Sky at Night.

The theme was based on the National CPRE campaign against light pollution. The concern is that, even in the depths of the countryside, genuine dark starry nights are becoming harder to find. Security lights, floodlights and streetlights all break into the darkness and create a veil of light across the night sky. While CPRE agrees that some of this light is necessary much of it is wasting energy, spilling into homes disrupting people’s sleep and affecting the behaviour of wildlife.

The children were asked to think about the night sky and to use their imagination to show us what it looks like. Winning artists received gift vouchers and certificates at our Rural Living Awards Presentation Evening at County Hall in October. The competition was again judged and sponsored by CPRE member and artist Valerie Cansick. She said:

“As an avid supporter of the work of the CPRE Hertfordshire, I find it heartening to see how they continually engage young people of all ages and help to teach them how to connect with the fragility of their environment.  They really thought about the message of how pollution of all kinds in our atmosphere affects our planet.  In particular the children were inspired by the night sky and how much we can or can't see when light pollution and poor air conditions combine”

We received over 700 entries for the competition this year, making it one of our most popular themes and making Val’s decisions very difficult indeed.   As in previous years, the standard was very high and art teachers should take credit for enabling children to produce such creative pieces of work.

We love including the children and their families in the presentation evening and they all enjoy coming to County Hall to receive their certificates and vouchers.

More information about the CPRE NightBlight Campaign can be found on their dedicated NightBlight Website: nightblight.cpre.org.uk


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