This competition will be of interest to writers. Bear in mind the value of the Writers' and Artists' Yearbooks.
Make e-friends with everyone who might be helpful (no hidden agenda here!) parks and gardens guy at local council, museum curators, vicars who are helpful and knowledgeable, artists and sculptors if you spot some of their work, local businesses and industry if you need their input. Find out who to email your query to and if appropriate, ask if they would like a quote in your writing. They usually do as its free advertising for them. People are generally only too pleased to help once they know you are writing something.
What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?