To raise awareness of the importance of our beautiful forests and woodlands, education contractor BAM has launched a free national poetry competition.

Children between the ages of eight and fourteen are encouraged to get involved, by sending in their inspiring poetry about forests and woodlands. A range of free interactive and exciting resources are available to support schools and community groups.

In October, winners from each regional category will go on to be judged to find a national winner. Prizes will be awarded to winning children and schools.

Caroline Cook, BAM’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), said: ‘Wherever we work, we engage extensively with schools and pupils, and of course recognise that construction work affects our environment. The competition provides an opportunity to support the national curriculum and engage young people in a crucial environmental issue.’

Entries will be accepted until Friday 30 September 2011. To find out more about Words 4 Woods please visit