Published Tuesday, 2nd February 2021
In December 2020, Sutton Council launched a poetry competition asking residents to tell us how important the borough’s parks have been to them over lockdown periods.
Sutton’s parks and open spaces have been a lifeline for many over the last year providing a space to breathe, an escape from their four walls, and helping to restore mental and physical health. Many people have a new-found love for their local green space and the competition has provided a novel opportunity to express what parks have meant to them.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their poem. There was a fantastic response and we received so many brilliant entries. Following an extensive judging process by a number of published poets from the Sutton Writers Group, we are delighted to announce the winners of the competition.
Congratulations to Heather Honour, Eleanor McSherry and Corrina Nesbitt Gibbons who are each awarded a prize of a £50 book token.
Heather Honour: Winner of the over 18’s category with her poem; ‘30th December in Beddington Park’.
Eleanor McSherry: Winner of the 12-17 age category with her poem; ‘Flying’.
Corrina Nesbitt Gibbons: Winner of the Under 12’s category with her poem; ‘Treasured Time in Precious Parks’.
Read all the winning and runner-up poems on our webpage (opens in new window).