Peel Park is holding a poetry competition to boost public involvement with the park this spring.

The “Spring Ahead” poetry competition invites the public to write a short poem, of 12 lines or less, that captures the atmosphere of spring’s arrival. The winning poem will be showcased around the park and on social media.

David Marsden, Secretary at Friends of Peel Park said:

“We are looking for a poem that captures the atmosphere of spring in the park.

“Even though it is winter the park still has a steady flow of people using the park to exercise, relax, dog walk and cycle.

“At the beginning of January we got some new lovely small A4 size noticeboards which we want to keep constantly changing to keep park visitors interested.

“We thought it would be nice to have a poem in there for the start of spring. The winning entry will be displayed all over the park.

“We really want to get people involved in the park and this is another way to do so.”

David went on to talk about how Peel Park is working with Salford Museum and Art Gallery to provide a prize to the winning poet:

“One of our aims at the Friends of Peel Park is to reach out and make connections with other groups and organisations, to strengthen their ties to the park.

“When we asked Salford Museum if they would like to get involved with our poetry competition they were happy to donate a £20 voucher for the café. One of the employees of the Museum is going to be a judge.

“The Friends of Peel Park are a group of volunteers who are involved with the park and want to make the experience of everyone who visits the park an enjoyable and positive one.”

“Our volunteer programme is now throughout the year so don’t be surprised to see our volunteers doing tasks during February.”

Entries should to be emailed to by the end of Monday 7th February. The winning entry will be displayed around the park roughly a week later.



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