A contest is to be launched to create a new park poetry trail.
Friends of Beaumont Park volunteers want to immortalise the work of the best budding poets on a permanent trail around the hillside park below Crosland Moor.
They hope that the contest, which will open for entries from National Poetry Day on October 8, will inspire people to pen verses that celebrate the past and present of the space and will result in a project that will encourage people to explore it.
The trail is the latest scheme for the resident-led team, who hope it will add to their restoration of the park which they have been carrying out since 1998.
The friends are looking for 25 poems by writers in age groups five to 11, 12 to 18, 19 to 55 and 56 and above, who must send in their entries by midnight on Christmas Day 2015.
Five categories have been created for them to submit their work under, which include the present Beaumont Park, Beaumont Park of the past, the natural habitat, People, past or present of Beaumont Park and a category for residents who live within a one mile radius of it.
There will be lots poets can find inspiration from in the park, which boasts good views of the Pennines, cascades, grottos, steep cliffs and picturesque woodland walks.
Liz Gill, one of the group’s members, said: “The winning 25 poems will then have their poem published in a booklet but more excitingly it will be part of a Poetry Trail with a permanent copy of the poem located at various points around the Park.
“We want to reach out to as many people, of all ages, cultures and races as possible–therefore every school in Kirklees will be made aware of the competition to reach a far wider audience than just our visitors to the Park.”
Renowned poets Ian McMillan, Gez Walsh, Lemn Sissay and Winston Plowes have already been confirmed as the judges and each winner will receive a £25 voucher, with the overall winner receiving one for £100.
Talking about the project, Liz said: “We wanted to make the arts more accessible to all people from our local community and beyond.
“It has been proven that
engaging in outdoor pursuits promotes a healthy physical and mental wellbeing.
“Therefore by offering a free, all inclusive activity we will be encouraging people to explore their local outdoor spaces and at the same time experience the art of poetry.
Details of how to enter, which will include an electronic and postal option, will be published on the Friends website www.fobp.co.uk on October 8.
An award ceremony will then be held on Saturday 5 March 2016.