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Pocket Garden

Pocket Garden

The 2024 Pocket Garden Design Competition is now closed for voting!

 This competition links garden design, sustainability and engineering in the natural world, from burrows to nests and, influencing human technology.

Thirty designs were selected as winners from across 19 local authority areas. Schools with winning designs grew and built their garden and then filmed or photographed it to be displayed in our online interactive showcase garden. Everyone was invited to visit the showcase to vote for their 3 favourite gardens.

Voting closed on 24 June. 

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What is a Pocket Garden?

A Pocket Garden is a miniature garden that uses edible plants, plants that attract wildlife, and that reuses something which would otherwise have been thrown away.

Each year, we invite young people from schools across Scotland to send in their designs for a colourful and exciting environmentally friendly, pocket-sized garden. Pupils who send in the winning designs are then invited to build and grow their gardens to display.  You can find out more about this years' competition by downloading the Pocket Garden 2024 Brochure.

Previously, Pocket Gardens have been displayed at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, where they have been visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. You can see this years' winning designs transformed into fabulous gardens in our online Pocket Garden 2024 showcase.

Nature's Engineers

Here is some further information to engage and inspire your pupils. Nature is amazing!

Nature's Engineers further info
Top tips for planning and getting growing

To support you to plan a garden that will be looking it's best in early June, here's a downloadable .pdf with top tips for planning and getting growing.

Download top tips
Pocket Garden Stories

Have a look at 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.

Be inspired
Pocket Garden at Home

Have a look at the design brochure for instructions on how to build your own Pop Up Pocket Garden at Home.

Find out more
Activities for Home or School

Lots of activities around the competition themes for children to try at home. Use it to inspire ideas for a Pocket Garden design.

Eve Keepax
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Eve Keepax
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