In August 2018 the boundary wall between Old St Mary’s Church and the cemetery is being historically accurately rebuilt in traditional Greensand stone by local stone masons. As part of this renovation you have the fantastic chance to enter a poem about Greensand Country into our competition, the winner will have their entry carved into the new wall where it will stay for generations to see! The winner and runners up will also be invited to The Eco Lodges to read their poems at our Café on 27th May as part of the Greensand Country Festival.
Greensand Country is an island of distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside, based on a band of higher ground stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, rising out of the surrounding clay vales.
It contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland, and more surviving historic parkland than any other landscape in the country, all crossed by networks of cycle tracks and footpaths and just waiting to be discovered
From the top of the ridge, open heaths and meadows give you spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. The beautiful patchwork of heaths, parks, historic houses and woodland means that you can visit lots of different places in a single day, and find something to keep every member of the family happy. There are also plenty of places to stop for a pub lunch or a quick coffee and good public transport links between the main towns and villages.
Greensand Country has a literary heritage too, inspiration for the works of John Bunyan and John Clare.
Create your own unique poem about any aspects of Greensand Country, what it means to you or how it makes you feel. It could be about the area as a whole or a particular place or image, it really is up to you. The poem should be 30 words or less. The competition is open to students of any age up to 18 years old.
Once completed send to us: firstname.lastname@example.org or Poetry Competition, Clophill Eco Lodges, Old Church Path, Clophill MK45 4BP
Entries need to be in by May 1st 2018.
Some websites that you might find useful in your research:
Bedfordshire Local History Association and the local heritage societies are the perfect place to start exploring the heritage of Greensand Country.
The Bedfordshire Natural History Society collects records of all the wildlife in the area and produce reports and updates of interesting sightings.