Le Rocquier scoop £1,500 Jersey Electricity prize with forest logo that won’t be forgotten

Year 7 Pupils from Le Rocquier School provided all six short-listed entries in the Forgotten Forest Logo Competition, with Carys Dale designing the winning entry that will be professionally reproduced and used by Jersey Trees for Life (JTFL) on all material connected with the Forgotten Forest project.

Carys' efforts also earned Le Rocquier £1,500 in prizes from Jersey Electricity, sponsors of the competition. The prize consists of £500 cash to Le Rocquier, a year's sponsorship of a dedicated zone in the forest and funding up to £500 for an educational visit. The money was raised for JTFL by £5 donations from Jersey Electricity for every customer who switched from paper electricity bills and statements to bills by email

JTFL launched the competition at the start of the charity's 75th anniversary year by inviting all Jersey school children to design a logo for their campaign to regenerate the Val de La Mare Arboretum.

Bel Royal, Plat Douet and Grands Vaux, joined Le Rocquier School in submitting a total of 112 designs. The judging panel was made up of The Idea Works Creative Director Martyn Aubert, Jersey Electricity Brand Manager Ian Wilson and JTFL Education Officer Michel Morel and Chairman Peter Townend.

Peter said: ' It has been fascinating to see the wide range of concepts and original ideas.'

Martyn, whose company will turn Carys' design into a piece of professional artwork, said: 'All the children showed a good understanding of the brief. We are looking forward to inviting Carys to our studio to see the next stage. Her design will be used on everything from signs in the forest to stationery, websites and other promotional material to raise awareness of the Forgotten Forest Project.'

Michel added: 'The winning design is likely to be visible in Jersey for a very long time and will, therefore, have a lasting legacy for the winner. It's fantastic that one of Jersey's most high profile companies has also decided to back this project to enable us to offer prizes for the winning school which will be of benefit to them and to their pupils.'

Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler said: 'We are pleased to support our community in environmental and educational initiatives. The Forgotten Forest project is both. This is a long-term commitment. We will be supporting other aspects of the project as they arise and we hope it will encourage even more of our customers to switch from paper bills and statements to paperless email bills.'

The Forgotten Forest is a 50,000 sq metre arboretum at Val de la Mare containing specimens from all over the world, including Australasia, America and Japan. Planted in the late Seventies and early Eighties, the arboretum has become overgrown through lack of maintenance. Its regeneration is a major undertaking for JTFL who will be holding an open weekend on the 8-10 June to raise awareness and further sponsorship.