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Pocket Garden

One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden competition provides a great opportunity for pupils aged 3-18 to investigate plants and food, develop creative design skills and apply that knowledge to create a sustainable garden. For 2017, the competition was 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. 

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. 

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

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


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 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 flowering 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 and 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 bbuilder'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.