YOUNGSTERS with a passion for our planet are being encouraged to enter their ideas on solving environmental problems in a national competition.

Rotary in Northwich is inviting budding environmentalists who want to make a difference to come up with ingenious ways of minimising waste - this year's competition challenge.

The competition is open all young people, including schools, youth groups and individuals, within the CW8 and CW9 postcode areas.

Youngsters can enter individually or as a team after coming up with a clever way to address the challenge of waste minimisation and change how we look at waste.

Rupert Adams, the environmental lead for Rotary in North Wales and North West England and a member of Northwich Rotary Club, said: "There’s never been a more relevant time to involve the next generation in protecting the future of our planet.

"I know from experience we have a lot to learn from the youth of today, they are full of great initiatives and this competition celebrates and promotes their ideas."

Project submissions can be written, expressed in art or on film, or through other formats.

The competition is open to individuals or teams (of up to four) in each of the following age groups under 10, 11 to 13, and 13 to 17 (age as of August 31, 2023).

Northwich Rotary Club will select local winners within each age group and these will then progress to a district final for North Wales and North West England.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is the end of the half-term break on February 23. The chosen winners will progress on to the national final at the end of April 2024.

For full details of the competition and to request a resource pack please contact Rupert via with 'Young Environmentalist' in the email subject line.