RUTLAND and Stamford Mercury reporter Megan Horner has made it into the finals of a national competition to be a rainforest reporter.
The rainforest reporter competition is being run as part of the Together for Trees campaign by the RSPB and Tesco, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of rainforests.
The lucky winner of the competition gets the chance to fly to the rainforest and report back. There were hundreds of entries and five people were chosen to go to each regional final, where they took part in a regional selection day.
Megan, 27, who lives in Oakham, was selected as the regional winner for the Midlands, after completing a series of challenges during the regional selection day including putting up a tent without the instructions and interviewing a RSPB staff member.
Megan said: “I am over the moon to be a national finalist. I never expected to get this far because I know there were a lot of worthy candidates.
“It’s probably the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me but I’m really nervous now about the national final.
“I’m obsessed with conservation and wildlife and have even been to Africa to volunteer on a conservation reserve in 2010 so this is a really exciting opportunity for me.
“I really want to make a difference to conservation and help educate ordinary people like myself about deforestation and the devastating effects it has not only on wildlife but the people who rely on the rainforests to survive.”
Megan will travel to London on May 11 to take part in the national finals, where she will be interviewed by a panel of judges including explorer Ed Stafford.