Alex is rewarded for his creative flair

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5 MARCH 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13369

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A young artist from Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Cynwyd, has won a drawing competition that was entered by children from 40 schools in North Wales.

Alex Williams, aged 6 and a half, was presented with his prize by Forestry Commission Wales Education Officer, Ffion Hughes.

The competition was based on visits woodlands that the children made with Forestry Commission Wales’s Woodlands for Learning team during December.

The visits were part of Forestry Commission Wales’s ‘Find Our Santa appeal’. During their search for Santa with Ffion the Pixie, the children enjoyed a magical Christmas treasure trail and helped build mini shelters for the woodland animals.

Upon their return to school, the children were invited to enter a competition to draw a picture that depicted what they saw and did during their visit.

Ffion Hughes, Forestry Commission Wales Education Officer, said, "With over four hundred entries from schools across North Wales, judging proved to be a very hard task.

"Alex’s picture really captured the magic of the day and stood out to the judges.

"I’d like to thank all the children for entering and offer congratulations to Alex."

Alex won a goody bag for himself and a free bus from Forestry Commission Wales for his class to come on another woodland visit during the summer.

Picture caption: Competition winner Alex Williams receives his prize from Ffion Hughes.

Notes to Editors

Forestry Commission Wales's Woodlands for Learning team delivers woodland based learning experiences throughout Wales, supports the development and delivery of Forest School and facilitates the Forest Education Initiative on behalf of its partners.

Press office contact: Mary Galliers,, 0300 068 0057