The 2021 Pocket Garden Design Competition IS OPEN!
We are asking young people aged 3-18 from schools across Scotland to design a colourful and exciting pocket-sized garden. Each design must follow the design brief based on sustainability as well as illustrate the themes.
Many of us in 2020 discovered the joy of growing something and noticing the natural world on our doorsteps. This 2021 Pocket Garden Design Competition builds on those positive experiences, linking garden design with health and hope for the future.
This 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.
The 2021 Year of Coasts and Waters is one of the competition themes this year together with Celebrating Nature on Your Doorstep, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening. Winners will be invited to build and grow their gardens to display at Scotland’s exciting new national gardening show, The Scottish Garden Show at Scone Palace.
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. Previous years themes were:
- 2019 Rain gardens for sustainable drainage, Drought tolerant gardens, Wetland or fresh water margin gardens and Coastal gardens
- 2018 the United Nations Global Goals
- 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
- 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
The Garden for Life Forum and Keep Scotland Beautiful have worked together since 2016 to support Scotland’s’ young people to create the Garden for Life (previously called The Living Garden) area at our national gardening show.
2019 Winning Pocket Gardens
Winners were selected in each of the three themes: Best Garden for One Planet Picnic Theme, Best for Wildlife, and Best for Water. A public vote decided the winner of My Favourite Garden. In 2019 there were also two gardens receiving Special Commendation.