Pupils challenged to create 'pocket gardens'
A nationwide competition has been launched by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to find pupils to participate in the sixth annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.
Children, from as young as three, are being challenged to design a colourful and sustainable garden that could feature at the Scottish Gardens Show at Scone Palace in late May if restrictions allow, and if not in an interactive online garden showcase.
Many people have found joy as they rediscovered the nature on their doorsteps during lockdown, and the competition encourages young people to celebrate that through their designs.
Following the success of Pocket Gardens in past years, schools are being encouraged to develop designs for a tiny garden reflecting four interlinked 2021 themes – The Year of Coasts and Waters, One Planet Picnic, Wildlife Gardening and Health and Wellbeing through noticing nature.
Eve Keepax, Education and Learning Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It’s a great competition with new opportunities. This year an Activities at Home sheet is available to inspire children to get involved while learning at home. We are excited to work with Scotland’s brand-new national gardening event – The Scottish Gardens Show at Scone Palace – to celebrate and share the innovation and creativity of Scotland’s young garden designers.
“This competition over the years has inspired entries from across the country and we hope that in 2021 it gives parents and educators a new focus as we continue a blended mix of home and in school learning.”
Brian Cunningham, Head Gardener at Scone Palace and organiser of The Scottish Garden Show, added: “One of the aims of The Scottish Gardens Show is to showcase approaches to gardening that benefit the health of both people and the planet and it is crucial to involve children and young people as part of the life blood of the show.
"The Pocket Gardens are a perfect fit and I’m looking forward to the inspiration and fun they will bring to the show.”
Pupils should submit entries by March 17 to [email protected]