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Youngster’s winning poster in spotlight at Snibston

Lilly's design is on show at the Colliery Cafe

A prize-winning poster featuring Snibston Colliery Park and its green credentials is proudly on display at the newly-revamped site in Coalville.

Lilly Appleby, from Ibstock Community College, was crowned winner of the competition and her design, alongside highly-commended entries, is now on show at the Colliery Café for visitors to admire.
The competition, run by Leicestershire County Council and Fortem Solutions, encouraged young people aged from five to 16 design a poster promoting the new park, its mining heritage and its ambition to be a zero-waste hub. 

More than 214 schools across Leicestershire entered the competition and four judges were chosen to select their top three.

It was so wonderful to see the artistic talent and passion that so many young people have for the colliery park and its environment. We had some fantastic entries and if we could have picked more than one, we would! We’re looking forward to seeing Lilly’s poster on display and I’m wishing all pupils across Leicestershire a successful return to school.

Terri Eynon, lead judge and county councillor for Coalville north

Tackling climate change is one of Leicestershire County Councils top priorities and working with Fortem on the regeneration scheme has allowed for carefully considered developments. The site has been transformed into a vibrant place to visit and includes an environmentally-friendly café, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. 

Nurturing our green spaces and reducing our carbon footprint is vital. This competition reinforces the collective message that tackling climate change and looking after the environment is everyone’s responsibility. The competition winners have done a fantastic job of showing the balance between enjoying leisure facilities while looking after them too.

Nick Rushton, county council leader

This competition was a great way for us to engage with the local community and bring them on this journey with us. Snibston Colliery Park has been a very diverse project for us to work on, rich in history and full of ecological life. The entries to the competition were phenomenal and every school who took part should be really proud of the work they’ve done. This year has been very different for everyone and we’re pleased we’ve been able to bring people together through this competition

Paul Bryant, Site Manager at Fortem Solutions

Lilly’s poster will be on display in the Colliery Café from 17 March. 

The top three entries received a prize and many were highly commended:

  • 1st (overall winner) Lilly Appleby, Ibstock Community College
  • 2nd (and primary school winner) Alex Sainsbury, Hugglescote Primary School
  • 3rd Elyssa Bayliss (and primary school runner up) Elyssa Bayliss, Ashby Willesley

Highly commended:

  • Grace Price, Ibstock Community College
  • Arlo Massarella, St Clare’s 
  • Summer Maxwell, St Clare’s
  • Eliza Razzak, Belvoirdale
  • Leighton Hyde, St Clare’s

Judges for the competition included:

  • Paul Bryant (Site Manager, Fortem)
  • Councillor Terri Eynon (County councillor for Coalville north)
  • Stuart Warburton (Snibston Heritage Trust)
  • Julia Keeling (Strategic Commissioning Manager, Leicestershire County Council)


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