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Busy Bees nursery group has announced the winners of their 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' winter nature scrapbook competition by revealing the winning scrapbook to 237 of their nurseries across the UK.
The creative project was launched in collaboration with The Wildlife Trusts earlier this year and is designed to encourage children to explore nature and the great outdoors.
The initiative has been created to help encourage children to be curious about nature and interested in the environment ‘Busy Bees Goes Wild’ hi popular with staff, parents and children through the groups nurseries across the UK.
‘Busy Bees Goes Wild’ saw children create winter scrapbooks to be judged by the nursery managers. The children who created the best scrapbooks at each nursery had their scrapbooks judged regionally. The winners from each region were then judged in a divisional final when overall winners were selected from each division of Busy Bees.
Co-founder and managing director of Busy Bees Childcare, Marg Randles, said: "We have been overwhelmed with the response from children, parents and staff to the Busy Bees Goes Wild initiative.
"It’s been a pleasure to see so many of our children taking part in a huge range of outdoorsy activities, both at home and at nursery. From creating beautiful ice decorations to making bird feeders and wrapping up warm for a winter stroll in the park, our children have surpassed our expectations and delivered scrapbooks that have truly dazzled us."
Three year old Oswin Bees, from Farnborough Pyestock Busy Bees nursery was crowned the winner of division one; Harry McDougall, aged 4 who attends Hertford Hartham Busy Bees was awarded first place for division two; and Madison O’Mara, aged one, from Loughborough Busy Bees was allocated first place for division 3.
'Exploring the natural world can be so rewarding for children'
Each winner will receive a goody bag with their winners certificate, a wooden bug house, catch and view net and 'Bug-Noculars' to collect and look at mini beasts. In addition, all winners will also receive a family membership to their local Wildlife Trust.
Ms Randles continued: "Judging the best scrapbook at each stage has been really tough as they were all clearly completed with such care and devotion. However, the winning scrapbooks from each of our divisions really stood out as nothing short of exceptional. I hope Oswin, Harry and Madison enjoy their goody bags and have many adventures with friends and family throughout the year, at their local Wildlife Trust.
"We’re all hugely excited to be continuing the success of Busy Bees Goes Wild with the launch of the spring scrapbook and poetry competition. Once again, I would like to extend our thanks to The Wildlife Trusts for working with Busy Bees to create an initiative that is having such a positive impact on our children and their families."
The nursery group has launched a spring edition of 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' initiative, including a poetry completion and the option to complete a nature scrapbook. The nurseries will be organising fun and educational activities, including: creating vegetable gardens, minibeast hunts and creating collages made from all natural materials.
Senior communications manager for The Wildlife Trusts, Adam Cormack, said: "We are delighted at the reception the winter scrapbook has received. Huge congratulations to the winners and to all the children, parents and nursery staff who took part. Getting outside and spending time playing in nature and exploring the natural world can be so rewarding for children.
"We hope this season’s scrapbook will be as popular. Spring is a fantastic time to look for wildlife and be outside. There’s so much to experience – new sights, sounds and smells which all show us that spring is here. For the dawn chorus, to new buds appearing on the trees and butterflies and bees brightening up gardens and parks everywhere you go. We look forward to seeing the next season’s scrapbooks stuffed full of nature memories and wonder."
Children to participate in 'Busy Bees Goes Wild' will receive a certificate for each scrapbook they make and submit and the overall winner of the initiative will be announced at the end of Autumn and will win a family holiday to Centre Parcs. Furthermore, children who complete four seasonal scrapbooks will receive a hat and t-shirt for their dedication and effort.