A Ramsgate boy’s artwork and a call to save nature and protect trees has received hundreds of shares on social media.
Jasper Comber, seven, entered this work into the annual Thanet School’s Young Artist’s Festival, run by The Rotary Club of Margate. With over 500 paintings submitted, from 39 Thanet Schools, Jasper won first prize in his age group, the 6-7 year old category.
The Margate School hosted the festival this year and exhibited all of the artwork in the old Primark building, Margate High Street, at the end of September.
Following his success, Jasper came home from school one day, and began writing a very emotive piece about saving nature and how we should stop cutting down trees.
He said: “I think it’s important to protect wildlife so they have homes and don’t die. They need ponds, long grass, trees, flowers, bushes and log piles as well as brambles to hide in.
“Instead of just building over land, we should just build up. You could have one tall, thin building surrounded by wildlife. You can just extend a building and make it taller so more people can live in it.
“We need less cars, more sustainable energy like solar, wave and wind power, use less plastic and everyone needs to be kinder to each other and all animals, insects, creatures and plants.”
So far Jasper has received over 500 likes in the Self Isolating Bird Club page and more than 300 likes on the Emma’s Wildlife Friendly Garden page, both on Facebook.
One person has suggested that Jasper makes his paintings into gift cards, to be sold to raise money for wildlife charities, which is something Jasper is very keen to do.
Jasper has always loved nature and felt strongly about caring for both plants and animals. When he was just five-years-old, he had his artwork displayed at Turner Contemporary gallery, as part of their Portfolio competition, where his artwork ‘The Gorilla’ was exhibited.
Jasper will be creating more wildlife inspired writing and artwork in the future, which he hopes will encourage everyone to make a positive change.