Winning poets bloom among plants

BUDDING poets’ impressive verses have been engraved on garden tools at an educational centre in the Peak District after they won a poetry competition on moorland plants.

The engraved spades, saws, trowels – even old spoons – will remain stuck into raised beds at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw, used extensively by schools and community groups.

The competition was organised by the Peak District National Park Authority and the National Trust, who run the Moorland Discovery Centre. Derbyshire poet laureate Anna Atkinson judged the winning poems, along with national park learning and discovery officer Rachael Kerr and Moors for the Future information officer Lynne Fox.

The winners include Alice Wood, from Chesterfield, and John Sewell, of Bakewell. The engravings were designed by National Park design manager Diane Tranter and engraved by craftsman Robin Dobson.