LoveLincsPlants Haiku Competition

Haiku Competition

LoveLincsPlants Haiku Competition

Celebrating and reflecting on the LoveLincsPlants Project with a FREE haiku poetry competition for children.


To celebrate and reflect the work of the LoveLincsPlants Project, we are launching a Children’s Haiku Poetry Competition. 30 haikus will be chosen by a panel of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust staff and Trustees. They will be published in the Summer 2021 edition of Lapwings.

We're sorry, the closing date has now passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their haiku! We'll be in touch very soon.

What is a haiku?

A haiku is a short poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five, that usually evoke images of, or moments in, the natural world. Here is an example by Suzanne Fysh, LoveLincsPlants Education and Community Officer on the importance of Lincolnshire plants:

Daisy, rose, ivy,

Early spring, summer, autumn,

Sustain our insects.

So, "Daisy, rose, ivy" = 5 syllables, "Early spring, summer, autumn" = 7 syllables, and "Sustain our insects" = 5 syllables.

How to take part

The competition is open to young people aged 15 or under. Write your haiku on the theme of “Inspiring Lincolnshire Plants” and send it to by 28 February 2021. Every child will receive a certificate of participation and 30 haikus will be chosen for publication in our Summer 2021 Lapwings membership magazine.

Have a read of our Terms and Conditions below before entering.

Competition T&Cs

  • One entry per child
  • Entrants must be aged 15 or under on 28 February 2021
  • Entries to be emailed to by 5pm 28 February 2021
  • Schools can enter a batch of entries from their classes; each child’s entry will be put forward to the panel individually
  • Email addresses will only be used to send a certificate of participation to each entrant and will be removed from the database by 30 June 2021
  • If your haiku is chosen for publication we will inform the lucky participant before publication and ask for a postal address so we can send you a copy of the magazine
  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve the right to use published haikus in other marketing, social media and publicity formats

About LoveLincsPlants

The LoveLincsPlants Project is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union, Sir Joseph Banks Society and the University of Lincoln. It aims to preserve Lincolnshire’s botanical heritage and inspire and train future botanists.

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Questions? Get in touch:

Tel: 01507 526667