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Tell a Story Through a Pocket Garden

14 January 2022

Budding garden designers invited to tell stories in exciting competition.

Our Pocket Garden design competition is back! 

We're looking for school pupils from across Scotland to participate in the seventh annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.

Following the huge success of the online showcase in 2021, when 38 design winners were displayed to allow a public vote, we are inviting children aged three and up to design a colourful and sustainable garden. 

The best design entries will be selected, and entrants invited to build and grow their garden at school before photographing or filming it to be showcased as part of an online interactive garden which will allow everyone across Scotland to vote for their favourite.

Voting will take place from 8-19 June inclusive.

This year designs should interpret three interlinked themes: The Year of Stories, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.

Stories are a vital part of culture and community from well-loved tales of family and friends to famous fictional characters: they all give a sense of place, history and belonging. There are fables, legends, folklore, news stories, novels, fairy stories, investigative journalism, and myths to draw inspiration from and this competition encourages young people to celebrate that through their designs.

What are the stories you and your pupils could tell through a garden design?

Pupils are invited to submit their entries no later than 5pm on 25 February 2022 to

Further information and inspiration from past years can be found on our Pocket Garden Competition page.

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