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Design a Pocket Garden

One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden is a competition that provides a great opportunity for pupils aged 3-18 to investigate our plant and food heritage, celebrate our culture and build and develop creative design skills.  This year it is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology partner programme. 

All entries were designed by young people using plants that can be eaten, that attract biodiversity and which reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away. 

Thanks to members of the Garden for Life Forum for supporting this competition and for helping to judge the winning entries.



Winners were invited to build and display their garden in the Living Garden area at Gardening Scotland 2017.  The garden was visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Minister for the Environment, the Scottish Government Minister for Education and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. 

This year's One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden winners are: 

Nursery - P4 Category

Ullapool Primary School, Highland

The Vikings are coming!  A viking longship rowed by radish and beetroot is in full sail in this design, through a Scottish wildflower meadow towards Maeshowe ancient burial mound.


Tarradale Primary School, Highland

Tarradale Nuresry have interpreted a story they enjoy about a scarecrow, Tattybogle, linking literature, planting and old-fashioned pest control.


BunSgoil a' Phluic, Highland

On the Machair.  Peas scramble up a fishing net and our coastal riches appear throughout this design that uses companion planting to protect the food plants from pests.


Focus School Caledonia Campus, Clackmannanshire

Nature's Hospital is featured here highlighting the medicinal properties of plants and the plants people used to use for first aid.


Arnhall Day Nursery, Stirling

Arnhall's Living Past.  A wonderful blend of archaeology and modern picnic, the children have used old objects dug up from the Nursery grounds as planters for food plants.  Some objects are converted into bug hotels.


Allanton Primary School and Nursery Class, North Lanarkshire

A mining bogey planted with lavender runs past a wind turbine shaped bird feeder, tying together our industrial heritage and future.


P5 - S2 Category

Ardvreck Primary School, Perth & Kinross

Coastal cottages and gardens rise up through farms and forests to mountains showing the rich diversity of Scottish habitats and plants.


Staffin Primary School, Highland

Prehistoric Park.  An erupting volcano transports us back in time to the dinosuars that once walked on Skye and the story of the landscape.  Populated with food plants and plants for wildlife, this is a garden that rocks.


Gigha Primary School, Argyll & Bute

Gigha Primary School have designed their whole island in mininature, complete with it's rocky cast, beaches, buildings and a course of cress.


Knightswood Secondary School, Glasgow

The iconic Kelpies are re-created here echoing Scotland's heritage of myths as well as the modern sculptures.  These Kelpies will be havens for wildlife covered in flowereing plants.


Douglas Academy, East Dunbartonshire

Caledonia.  Inspired by the song, a passion for music and Scotland's plants and wildlife, this design cleverly weaves together our natural and musical heritage.


Baljaffray Primary School, East Dunbartonshire

Baljaffray Primary took inspiration from Scottish design heritage and feature a Charles Rennie Mackintosh rose as the centerpiece of their design.


Williamwood High School, East Renfrewshire

Teddy bears are enjoying a picnic at the beach in this design, which features vertical growing and some iconic Scottish emblems from technology and tall tales!


Burnside Primary School, South Lanarkshire

"Look maw, its the Rag n' Bone Man"  a blast from the past and a tradition of re-using in this colourful design of a rag n' bone cart bursting with plants and personality.


Harmeny School, Edinburgh

Plants from the Celtic Rainforest appear in this design of a Crannog, reminding us of times past and with inspired ideas for loooking after widlife.


Dunoon Grammar School, Argyll & Bute

All aboard! Oh flowers of Scotland from Dunoon Grammar School shows the Flying Scotsman locomotive in full bloom!


Grove Academy, Dundee City

This inspired design is a dome shape, representing the Northern hemisphere and reflecting our place on the planet.  It is built using materials reminiscent of a hive and features wild and native plant species.


Carluke High School, South Lanarkshire

Bricks and jam are part of Carluke's heritage and are used to great effect in this design that celebrates local history, local food and the importance of compost!


Pinewood School, West Lothian

This heritage and wildlife farm celebrates wood, soil and the austere beauty of a landscape that fuelled the industrial revolution.  Tree lines that sheltered the first fields and crops of humble potatoes appear and provide new habitat for wildlife.


Pot & Container Category

St Joseph Primary School, East Dunbartonshire

In a Dinner lady's hat


Laurieston Day Nursery, Glasgow

In an old Doll's house


Bervie Primary School, Aberdeenshire

When is a hairbrush not a hairbrush? When its made from chives!


Dykesmains Primary School, North Ayrshire

Tomato plant in an old tin of Tomato soup


Dykesmains Primary School, North Ayrshire

In a Builder's hat


Dykesmains Primary School, North Ayrshire

In an old Toy truck


Dykesmains Primary School, North Ayrshire

In an old Football


Leuchars Primary School, Fife

In a  range of containers that you might find at a Picnic on the beach.