As part of the company?s Centenary Celebrations, Coles decided to hold a competition for local schools, offering them the chance to win a garden worth up to ?5000. Around 100 schools were invited to take part in the competition, which involved the children from each designing a garden that they would like to have created in their school grounds, and submitting the designs to Coles for judging. The judges (James Coles (MD, Coles Nurseries), David Keary (Secretary, SGD), Martina Lenaghan (Editor, The Urban Fox) and Matthew Herbert (Project Manager, The Wildlife Trust)) selected Braunstone Frith Infant School as the winner, for their entry entitled ?The Wildlife Garden?.
In addition to winning a garden for their school, the children were also invited along to help plant a new shrub bed at De Montfort Hall, donated by Coles, to commemorate the Centenary of both organisations. During the planting the children were introduced the City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, and were interviewed live on BBC Radio Leicester.
Construction of the garden is now complete, giving the children of the school a place to play and learn about wildlife, as well as acting as an outdoor classroom during the warmer months!
C S Ellis, a transport company Coles have worked with for over 25 years, were celebrating their 80th anniversary at the same time Coles were celebrating their Centenary, and decided to hold the same competition for the Rutland area. St Mary and St John?s Primary School, North Luffenham, was awarded first prize by C S Ellis, who completed construction of the garden in December 2013 with the help of Coles Nurseries.