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Children across the Isle of Wight are being encouraged to design a ‘bug building’ as part of a competition being run by local firm Mattinson Associates.

In previous years, the Isle of Wight business has run a competition called the Young Designers Award which helps children learn about architecture and the built environment at a grassroots level. Due to a lack of funding, the YDA did not go ahead last year but the decision has now been taken to run a digital competition for children during this challenging time.

Local youngsters aged 16 or under are being asked to design a bug building – an insect hotel in the shape of your favourite building – with 2 ways to enter. Either draw a picture of your dream bug building or make a model from garden and household waste and submit a maximum of 3 photographs of it.

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Bug buildings are great hideaways for not just insects but hedgehogs, frogs, creepy crawlies, and even small mammals too!

Entries should include a 200-word introduction about the model or drawing with submissions emailed to [email protected] with the subject line ‘The Bug Building Competition’.

The winner of the competition will get an eco-friendly bundle and a book on architecture.

The competition closes midnight on 28th February 2021. More information can be found by downloading the competition PDF here.

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13 days ago

Just photograph or build a model of the council chambers at county hall, and submit that as a habitat for unpleasant parasitic life.

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