Pocket Garden

Welcome to the home of the Pocket Garden Design competition

The 2023 competition is now open. 

Download the 2023 Competition Brochure for full details

Deadline for entries is 22 February 2023, 5pm.

Email them to oneplanetpicnic@keepscotlandbeautiful.org


What is a Pocket Garden?

A Pocket Garden is a miniature garden that uses edible plants, plants that attract wildlife, and that reuses something which would otherwise have been thrown away. 

Each year, we invite young people from schools across Scotland to send in their designs for a colourful and exciting environmentally friendly, pocket-sized garden.  Pupils who send in the winning designs are then invited to build and grow their gardens to display. 

Many of us have recently discovered joyful and practical learning through growing plants and connecting with our communities. The 2023 One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden Design Competition builds on this, linking garden design, sustainability and celebration. You can find out more about this years' competition by downloading the Pocket Garden 2023 brochure

Previously, Pocket Gardens have been displayed at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, where they have been visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. 


Pocket Garden Stories

Have a look at the Pocket Garden Stories from previous years for ideas and inspiration. The children’s designs are often playful, informal, celebratory and full of clever surprises and innovative ideas. Winners from 2022 are displayed in our online showcase.

Build Your Own Pocket Garden at Home

Have a look at the design brochure for instructions on how to build your own Pocket Garden at home.   

Pocket Garden Activities for Home or School

Activities at Home sheet has lots of activities around the competition themes for children to try at home.  You can use it to inspire ideas for a pocket garden design for the competition next year.

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