A POETRY competition is keeping the literary legacy alive at Beatrix Potter’s former Bowness home.

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is asking children to pen a Japanese haiku for their ‘Haiku at the Howe’ contest for the chance to win prizes and have their work displayed.

Lindeth Howe’s assistant manager Clare Bateman said: “We can’t wait to start receiving haiku and continuing the hotel’s literary tradition.

“We welcome many Japanese visitors here each year and we are sure they will be delighted to see that we are encouraging children to embrace part of their culture.

“We are also sure that Miss Potter would have approved.”

Children aged between seven and 11 can enter up to three haiku about what they like about the Lake District by July 1, and these should include their name and age, plus an address, number and email.

The best of the haiku received will then be enlarged and laid on the Lindeth Howe lawns within its six-acre gardens for a ‘Haiku at the Howe’ afternoon on July 15 from 12pm to 3pm.

There will also be a special trophy, a Beatrix Potter book and a cuddly Pigling Bland toy.

Entries can be sent to Clare Bateman, Lindeth Howe, Lindeth Drive, Longtail Hill, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JF or emailed to marketing@Lindeth-Howe.co.uk