The 18 winning and highly commended entries across eight categories in the 2022 POEM FOREST competition have just been announced. The competition is an initiative by Red Room Poetry to showcase young voices (from Kindergarten to Year 12) in tandem with raising awareness of climate change.
For every entry received, a tree was planted in the POEM FOREST within the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (south-west of Sydney). This year, the prize has seen nearly 6000 entries, bringing the total number planted across the two years of its running to 10,800. The seedlings planted around the critically endangered Western Sydney Dry Rainforest have helped to regenerate previously degraded land, with hope of creating a forest for the next generation.