After much deliberation our judging panel – award winning local author Sue Limb, poet Laura Webb, and writer, editor and comedian Betsy Vriend – have settled on a winning entry in our haiku competition. There were hundreds of entries and choosing a winner proved to be very difficult so we’ve added second and third place prizes.

The winning haiku, by Jessica (prize is two night’s camping for a family of 5, £50 café vouchers and two bags of firewood):

Unfold old summers.
Drink great draughts of Somewhere Else.
Days pass. Leave bleached grass.

Second place haiku, by Kevin (prize is a night’s camping for a family of 5):

Grass cradles body
Nose-to-tail dog circles down
Sauvignon calling

Third place haiku, by Ryan (prize is tea and cake for two in the café):

august cloudbursts quench
roe slip silent between rains
steaming damp midst elm

Thanks to everyone who entered – we were amazed by the enthusiasm for this competition! Thanks also to Sue, Laura and Betsy for patiently reading through so many entries. We’re planning to put a few of our favourite poems on display in the café and around the site. If you didn’t win then it’s time to start drafting for the 2018 haiku competition!

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