Pupils at Glenlyon Primary School are among the winners of the nationwide Pocket Garden Design Competition, beating out 230 entries from across Scotland.
Glenlyon Primary School’s design celebrated local heritage and industry through display of a Roman Bridge and light up wheel which spins to represent hydro-electric dams.
The competition, run by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful challenged students from as young as three years old to design a colourful and sustainable garden to feature at the Scottish Gardens Show at Scone Palace in May.
Due to COVID restrictions, the show has sadly been cancelled however the winning schools are still growing and building their horticultural creations which will be available to view in an online showcase where the nation will also be able to vote for their favourite Pocket Garden.
The 2020 winners of the competition were unable to be showcased last year so this years event will celebrate work covering 2020 and 2021.
Eve Keepax, Education and Learning Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“Many people rediscovered a connection to nature on their doorsteps during lockdown, and the competition has encouraged young people to celebrate that through their designs.
“We are delighted that schools and young people are finding the benefits of this competition in learning and teaching about issues that are important to them. The Pocket Garden designs we received were practical, creative, challenging, sustainable and full of fun!”
Following the success of five previous Pocket Garden competitions in past years, schools from across Scotland were encouraged to take part and develop designs for a tiny garden reflecting the four themes for 2021.
The themes this year include: The Year of Coasts and Waters, One Planet Picnic, Wildlife Gardening and Celebrating Nature on our Doorstep.
Anthony McCluskey, Chair of the Garden for Life Forum, who was involved in the judging, said:
“Nature is in crisis, but we can all do our bit to help wildlife in our local areas. Even small gardens and growing spaces can make a great contribution to supporting populations of insects like bees and butterflies, and provide homes and food for birds, hedgehogs, and amphibians. Getting close to nature is great for our mental wellbeing too, so everyone wins when we grow for wildlife.”
The winning Pocket Gardens will be available to view in the digital showcase from Saturday, 5th June 2021 at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pocketgarden
Voting for the nations favourite Pocket Garden will be open from 5th – 13th June, 2021.