In December 2012, schools local to each of the 7 Garden & Leisure centres were invited to take part in their annual Trees for Schools competition.
Upon entry, each school was given a free 6ft Norway Spruce to decorate and display for the opportunity to win a top prize of £100 to spend in the garden centre! Each store had a first prize of £100 with two runners up prizes of £50.
A fantastic number of schools entered the competition and each entry was judged on colour, location, individuality, theme and how many children took part.
The successful schools were delighted to be informed that they had won and the children were extremely pleased that their efforts had been successful. The winning vouchers will be used to benefit the schools and pupils by purchasing educational equipment such as plants, gardening tools and craft items.
Winscombe Primary School, runner up at Cadbury Garden & Leisure, choose to do a ‘Tree of all Faiths’ theme, which involved each year group being given a different religion to base their decoration on. They had researched into each religion and carefully selected the style and colours they would use.
Hartford Infant School, winner at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure, chose to do a ‘Natural World’ theme. They used free resources by using leaves and twigs to make decorations, including: Star-shaped twigs, dry leaves PVA'd, painted and covered in glitter and a painted polystyrene ball with twigs inserted.
Angus Lewis, Garden & Leisure Group Marketing Manager said, “Community involvement is extremely important to Garden & Leisure and we are thrilled we are able to involve so many schools by organising such a stimulating Christmas activity. We work throughout the year with the local community to help support in any way we can.”
Schools wanting to be added to the mailing list for this year’s competition or would like to learn more on how Garden & Leisure can support them, should email their contact details, the school address and their local Garden & Leisure store to firstname.lastname@example.org