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Hedgerow Haiku Challenge

Calling young writers!

As part of our Hedgerow Heroes Project we’re running a Hedgerow Haiku challenge. It’s open to anyone aged 16 and under.


What is a haiku?

A haiku is a special kind of short poem. It has three lines. The first line has five syllables or beats, the second has seven, and the third has five again. Haiku came from Japan and have been used for over 400 years. Most haiku focus on images from nature like wildlife, plants or the weather.


How do I enter?

Email your finished haiku to with Hedgerow Haiku Challenge as the subject, or ask an adult to do it for you. We’ll feature the best ones on our website and on social media. Include your name and age – when we share them we’ll only use your first name and age.

Hedgerow haiku example – we’re sure you can do better!

Top tip

Bring your poems to life by thinking about all the senses – sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.


Hedgerow Heroes Explorers Guide

There are more ideas for young writers in our Hedgerow Heroes Explorers Guide, alongside puzzles, art activities and much more.

Hedgerow activity pack

Jess Hurd