Two budding young artists won a competition to turn their works of art into new park signs.

The Newark and Sherwood District Council recently added new wildflower areas in two of its parks – Sconce and Devon Park, Newark, and Vicar Water Country Park, Clipstone – as part of its ongoing commitment to making the district greener.

The areas have been sown with blooming wildflower seeds, which create a haven for wildlife and provide essential nectar for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Newark and Sherwood District Council drawing contest winner Marianne Smith of Newark with her brother Rafferty. (46720586)

The children were asked to submit artwork that would be converted into oak signs to be displayed in each park.

Anna Kessler (12) from Southwell and Marianne Smith (8) from Newark were the winners.

They received a field study pollinator kit to identify the bees, butterflies and insects that visit their own gardens at home.

Anna Kessler of Southwell, winner of the Newark and Sherwood District Council drawing competition.  (46720564)Anna Kessler of Southwell, winner of the Newark and Sherwood District Council drawing competition. (46720564)

Collingham Men in Sheds, a community group that recycles and reuses wood, framed the signs.

Anna and Marianne were presented with their awards by Lynn Preece, environmental program officer for Newark and Sherwood District Council, as they visited the parks to see their signs on the spot.

Council Chairman David Lloyd said: “Anna and Marianne thanked them very much for their designs and their help in promoting the important wildflower areas.

“We’re working hard to make Newark and Sherwood cleaner, safer, and greener, ensuring our parks are friendly places for our native pollinators.

“When you visit our parks, you will find that we have a mix of mown areas for people to run and play in and wildflower areas that are more naturally developing in our parks and enhancing the biodiversity of the district.”