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Design a Pocket Garden

Schools from all across Scotland are being encouraged to take part in the Pocket Garden Competition by designing a garden that celebrates Scotland’s landscape, linking plants and place with water and changing climate.

The competition challenges young people to consider and learn about the environment in a fun, hands on and informal manner. This year, participants will be asked to consider a range of themes in their entries, including gardens that can withstand drought and flooding or that would thrive in coastal or wetland locations.

“Our annual One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden Competition is a practical and fun way for pupils to learn about food, the environment and biodiversity - all linking to our changing climate. Now in its fourth year we have inspired schools from 30 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. I hope that many more young people will participate this year.” Eve Keepax, Food and Environment Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

As in previous years, there is a team of mentors on hand to provide advice on designing and/or growing your Pocket Garden. Winning schools will be selected by representatives from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Garden for Life Forum and will be invited to grow their garden to display in the Living Garden area at Gardening Scotland in June 2019.

"Extreme weather events are becoming more common as our climate changes. We need to adapt how we garden and grow food, so the competition this year is a chance for school children to engage with the ways in which climate change may affect Scotland. Water – and the lack of it - is one of the key elements in growing plants, so we can’t wait to see what the children come up with.” Anthony McCluskey, Chair of the Garden for Life Forum

Deadline to submit design entries is 8th February 2019.

Download the competition brochure with Curriculum for Excellence links, themes and garden requirements

See winning Pocket Gardens from previous years for inspiration

10 January 2019

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