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* For its Young at Art competition, The National Trust requires young people aged under 15 to take a fresh look at the wildlife in their local environment and present it in striking ways artistically. Closing date: October 29. The winners will be announced in the autumn on the BBC children's art television programme "SMart". Details from Elf service stations, NT properties, tel: 0181 315 1111, or websites: or * A day out filming the BBC2 nature and wildlife show, "Watch Out!", is the first prize in a competition being run by environmental awareness charity, Going for Green. Children are invited to send for a free activity pack full of environmental facts and figures, puzzles, quizzes and games, and, having digested the contents, complete a word search and answer four easy questions. Closing date: July 23. Tel: 0800 783 7838.

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