Limerick Competition overall winner: The People’s Vote! SEARCH NEWS

Edward Lear's illustration of his Old Man with a Beard limerick

World Land Trust’s limerick competition is now closed. The judges’ verdicts are in, and prizes are in the pipeline.

We had a great response to the competition with 80 limericks received. We much enjoyed reading them all in the WLT office and we are glad that we didn’t have to choose the winner!

Our three judges didn’t agree either, so we have allowed each of them to select their own personal favourite. We shall be awarding a prize to each of the judges’ first choices.

These are the three limericks selected as winners by the judges and it is now down to you to decide the overall winner. 

Bill Oddie’s verdict

Bill chose Patrick McKeon’s limerick:

World Land Trust has a mission succinct:
Men and all other species are linked
By protecting them all
Whether giant or small
We pay homage to those now extinct

Patrick’s prize is a signed copy of Bill Oddie’s Birds of Britain & Ireland.

Martin Kiszko’s verdict

Martin chose Sally Peberday’s limerick:

An Orang-utan called Joan
was in danger of losing her home,
she called WLT
to help save her trees,
and now she has forests to roam.

Sally’s prize is a signed copy of Martin’s Green Poems for a Blue Planet.

Simon Barnes’ verdict

Simon chose Peter Davies’ limerick:

There was a young mover and shaker
who knew nothing of ‘acre by acre’
but when left on the shelf
she re-cycled herself,
now she’s saving the world for her Maker.

Peter’s prize is a signed copy of Simon’s Birdwatching with your Eyes Closed.

Vote for the overall winner

So, please vote for your favourite limerick. The closing date for voting is Monday 6 May at noon (BST). To vote all you have to do is either comment on this page or comment on World Land Trust’s Facebook page and we shall do the rest.

The prize for the overall winner will be a framed, illustrated copy of the winning limerick. The winner will also have the chance to meet Bill Oddie to receive the prize personally, either in Halesworth (Suffolk) or London, at a time and place convenient to the winner and Bill.

We shall publish other limericks commended by the judges when we announce the overall winner.

Please vote now!

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