National Trust Opens Wild Child Competition

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The National Trust is running a competition that will give youngsters the chance to take part in a wildlife adventure

The National Trust has opened a competition that will see the winner go on a money-can't-buy experience with a National Trust Ranger.

To enter the competition, contestants simply need to send in details of their experiences of going wild outdoors at one of the National Trust's summer events.

Competition judges are looking for great photos taken in nature, poetical musings on bugs and beasties, stories about wildlife adventures, doodles inspired by the great outdoors. In short, anything that shows the entrant is a wild child. Entries received will be put into an online gallery which will allow visitors to vote on popular entries.

Entries can be e-mailed or sent in the post to the National Trust. Anything mailed will be scanned and, like e-mail entries, uploaded to the gallery after moderation.

Winners will go on a fantastic day out with one of the National Trust nature conservation experts, getting up close and personal with creepy crawlies, shy creatures and wild landscapes. Winners can bring a friend or parent/guardian with them to join in the behind-the-scenes adventure. The competition winner will have a choice of National Trust sites to explore, including sandy beaches, open moorland and garden visits (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-chl/w-places_collections/w-gardens/w-gardens-gardenstovisit.htm ).

There are thousands of Wild Child (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-visits-wild_child.htm ) events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this summer, from safaris and bug hunts to pond dipping and bat watching, there's plenty of ways to get close to nature.

The competition closes 1 November 2010 at midnight and winners will be notified by post within 28 days of this date. Entrants under 16 years of age should ask a parent or guardian before giving contact details.

Notes to editors:
More information on National Trust days out (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits.htm ) can be found on the official website.

About National Trust:
The National Trust cares for 300 inspiring historic houses (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-trust/w-volunteering/w-aboutvolunteering/w-aboutvolunteering-volunteers__experiences/w-aboutvolunteering-volunteers__experiences-houses.htm ) and gardens across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From former workers' cottages to the most iconic stately homes, and from mines and mills to theatres and inns, the stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of everything it does. People of all ages, individuals, schools and communities, get involved each year with its projects, events and working holidays and over 56,000 volunteers help to bring the properties alive for the Trust's 3.8 million members.

The National Trust is a registered charity no. 205846. The National Trust's registered office is Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2NA.

For more information about the National Trust or this PR, please contact:
Rebecca Ward
Press Office
The National Trust
Heelis
Kemble Drive
Swindon
SN2 2NA
01793 818545
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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