Easdale Primary School

Bird house and welcome signs

Milk bottle planters

Painted rocks

Every garden has a story to tell about the people who helped make it, the challenges faced, solutions found, lessons learned and the unexpected pleasures along the way.  The Isle of Seil in miniature with it’s features including the famous Clachan ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ and vegetables as food forests. Here's Easdale Primary School's Pocket Garden Story in their own words.

The children of Easdale school want to have the Clachan Bridge, or Bridge over the Atlantic, as it has joined Seil to the Scottish mainland for over 200 years. The Bridge was built in 1792 with a single high arch to allow vessels to pass underneath. In early summer a rare plant, the Fairy Foxglove, covers the stoneworks with a haze of small, purple flowers.

Just past the bridge lies the Tigh an Truish pub. The name translates from the Gaelic as House of the Trousers and refers to the time after the Jacobite rising of 1745 when the kilt was banned. Islands would change into trousers here before crossing to the mainland.

The children discussed the plants they wanted because they wanted things that could be eaten such as rhubarb and herbs. During our recent outdoor education days they have learned more about local plants including sorrel and now would like to try growing some for the garden.

Our P1-4 class have been learning about how plants grow and have planted radishes and beans to study root development. We are hoping these starts can be transplanted to pots for our garden. The signpost was chosen because there is a signpost on Easdale Island with arrows and mileage pointing to locations around the world.

Watering plants

Building the base

Taking shape

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Each Pocket Garden celebrates one of the seventeen Global Goals. The Goals aim to protect our planet and improve the lives of people everywhere. This Pocket Garden from Easdale Primary School focuses on the legacy of industry.

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