A SIX-year-old from Worthing has won a big prize for her school in a Sussex Wildlife Trust colouring-in competition.
Matilda Chant’s picture of Stanley the Snail has taken first place in the county-wide competition.
The Heene Way resident is a member of Wildlife Watch (the Trust’s junior members’ club), and a pupil at Heene Primary School in Worthing.
She won a handmade ceramic badger, made by local sculptor Helen Hodson, for her class nature table.
As an added bonus, t-shirt manufacturers Rapanui, who support the work of the Trust, used her design in their children’s range of tops.
Matilda’s mum, Charlie, said her daughter was very excited when she heard the good news.
“She used blow pens, where you blow through the pens and it splatters paint. It’s a lot less messy than it sounds.
“She chose the colours and took a long time to think about what ones she wanted to use,” said Charlie.
The ceramic badger is the perfect prize as it is also Matilda’s classroom mascot.
“She was very excited to get the badger. She has called it Bethany,” said Charlie.
As a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust, Matilda receives the quarterly magazine, where she spotted the competition.
If anybody would like to learn more about the trust, become a member, and help to safeguard wildlife throughout Sussex, they can call 01273 497532.