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Winning Pocket Garden designers selected

Pupils from across Scotland have shown their fantastic imagination and creativity by winning the ninth annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.

They were invited to design a small garden reflecting the interlinked themes of Nature’s Engineers, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.

Run in partnership with the Garden for Life Forum, the 2024 competition attracted more than 100 entries, representing the work of whole classes and schools.

The 30 winning designs selected this year represent the very best entries and the winners from across 19 local authority areas in Scotland, have now been invited to build and grow their garden at school before filming or photographing it to be displayed as part of an online interactive showcase garden which will be made available to the public to see in June. The public will be able to vote for their favourite Pocket Garden.

Eve Keepax, our Education and Learning Officer, said: “Pocket Garden has once again inspired some fantastic learning and ideas.  Nature’s Engineering is the world’s most sustainable technology, from bird nests to beaver dams.  It provides solutions for the challenges of life in amazing ways. 

"The children celebrate Nature’s Engineers in their designs and will use sustainable ways to grow and create their gardens so that they’re good for wildlife and can also provide a wee snack for visitors.

“Well done to everyone that entered the competition. I'm already looking forward to seeing the transformations from design to real garden.”

The winners of the design competition are:

School Name Town Design title
Redwell Primary Alloa Bee-ing an engineer
Park Primary Alloa Heritage and Resources
Rephad Primary Stranrear Beaver dam and bird nests
Heathhall Primary Dumfries Homes for wildlife
Grove Academy Broughty Ferry Making caves and mushrooms
Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre Kilmarnock Tree of life
Killermont Primary Bearsden Wonderful wetlands rain garden
Elphinstone Primary  Elphinstone 100 years of living with nature
Greenbank Pre School Edinburgh Greenbank Picnic Garden
Leverhulme Memorial Primary Isle of Harris Beataidh Banrigh (super-Bee)
Leverhulme Memorial Primary Isle of Harris Beart a Chlo Mhor - Harris Tweed loom garden
Tulliallan Primary  Kincardine Honeycomb haven
Drummore Primary Drumchapel Celebrating Scotland
Skypoint School ASN Clydebank Natural engineers of the waterways
Whinhill Primary  Greenock Nature's engineers near us
St Andrew's Primary Gorebridge The stages of a butterfly
St David's ELC Midlothian  Dalkieth Jack and the Beanstalk 
St Andrew's Primary Gorebridge Burrow and nest
St. Mark's Primary   Irvine Green City
Glenlyon Primary  Aberfeldy Gamekeeper's Piece
Glenlyon Primary  Aberfeldy Nitrogen Farm
Corseford School ASN Johnstone Oh little bird
Houston Primary (P5 & 6) Houston A world of plants
Park Mains High School Erskine A Bee who came to tea
Hamilton Grammar ASN Hamilton Soil, water, sky
Carluke High School Carluke Bug eat bug -natural pest control
Raploch Community Campus Full of life!
Knoxland Primary  Dumbarton Our beaver dam
Linnvale Primary Clydebank Busy as a Bee
Harrysmuir Primary  Livingston The hill at Harrysmuir


The Pocket Garden Design Competition aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and forms part of our Climate Action Schools framework. It gives pupils and educators a creative focus for learning for sustainability, STEM skills, and the Curriculum for Excellence.

The online showcase will be open from 14 – 24 June 2024 for people to visit and place their vote for the nation’s favourite Pocket Garden.


14 March 2024

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