Barnstaple kids paint the town green

Art comp judging

Art comp judging - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of youngsters take part in eco-inspired art competition.

HUNDREDS of primary school children have been using Barnstaple and the environment as inspiration for special art competition.

Five-to-11-year-olds from 10 local schools were asked to draw green issues in the town ahead of Barnstaple Town Council’s Tidy Up Our Town week, which takes place from April 22 to 27.

Some 250 entries have been shortlisted by a judging panel featuring the Mayor Lesley Brown, Nick Oliver from St John’s Garden Centre and Gazette editor Andy Keeble.

Twelve entries from each of two age group categories will be on display in the town council offices on the Square from today (Tuesday) until Friday, April 12 and members of the public are now being asked to vote for their favourite.

The shortlisted entries can also be viewed at

Prizes and certificates will be presented to the winners during a community day taking place at Yeo Valley Woodland from 11am-3pm on Saturday, April 27.

Most Read

The community day is just part of a packed timetable of events taking place during the sixth annual Tidy Up Our Town week later this month. For more on what’s happening, see next week’s North Devon Gazette.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter