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Pocket Garden Stories 2016

Every garden has a story to tell about the people who helped make it, the challenges faced, solutions found, lessons learned and the unexpected pleasures along the way. 

Read more about some of the schools who took part in our Pocket Garden competition for 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.


Mill O'Forest Primary School

Mill O'Forest Primary School

Based on 'Keep Stonehaven Tidy' it includes found objects re-used to represent the features of the local area.  Planting will conjure up the local landscape from seashore to woodland.

Elderbank Primary School

Elderbank Primary School

Re-using food containers such as egg boxes and milk cartons to grow more food this garden nestle under the peaks of Arran that the children can see from school.

Seafield Primary School

Seafield Primary School

These clever pupils are using waste from their current school upgrade to create vegetable planters.  Planting plans include companion planting for pest control and inter-cropping to make the most of the small space.  They also plan to grow a builder! 

Jigsaw Childcare

Jigsaw Childcare

A fusion of food and story, this design features Eat Me, Drink Me elements inspired by Alice in Wonderland surrounded by meadow flowers and pond and bog plants.

Lomond School

Lomond School

Based on Macbeth it uses edible plants that could also be used for medicines or spells and to give the impression of Scottish moorland.  Plants mentioned in Shakespeare plays will appear to help mark the 400th anniversay of his death.  A cauldron becomes a bird bath, it's spoon an access ramp for frogs and hedgehogs.

Grove Academy

Grove Academy

A strong choice of plants including native herbs are watered cleverly via re-used plastic containers.  An old school notice board provides a backing board - it certainly helps us to notice this design.

Appletree Nursery

Appletree Nursery

Titled 'Doon the Watter for a picnic on a platter' the children's ideas have been brought together into a beautiful design with a pond in a wheelbarrow and water pumped by a solar pump.  Herb planted wellies stand along a recycled wood chip path and there's even a secret fairy house in the log pile.

Onslow Drive Day Nursery

Onslow Drive Day Nursery

Plants in welly boots and handbags form part of this container garden.

2016 YIAD

2016 YIAD

One of the themes for Pocket Garden in 2016 was the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Appletree Nursery - Detail

Appletree Nursery - Detail

Detail of Appletree Nursery's Pocket Garden showing a bird inside a teapot.

Mosspark Primary School

Mosspark Primary School

A giant scale hamper/lunch box packed with edible plants for people and wildlife.  Uses companion planting  and ecosystem thinking e.g. encouraging natual predators to protect plants instead of using chemicals. Design Title: Mosspark's Planet Lunch box

Port Ellen Primary School

Port Ellen Primary School

A magical literary influence, Hogwarts Buzzing Garden focuses on attracting bees and celebrating them as pollinators.  The placing of plants is well thought out interspersed with magic wands, and witches' hats.

Anna Ritchie School

Anna Ritchie School

Titled: 'Aberdeenshire: From mountains to sea', this design creates a sloping garden featuring plants of the Scottish shore, countryside and mountains.  The school's own compost will be used to grow the plants.  Every space is used, including the space underneath fitted out as a bug hotel. 

Cedarbank School

Cedarbank School

Titled 'A story of soil and vegetables' this innovative garden is a model of a good soil factory, demonstrating the sub-soil life and processes that we need to grow good food.  Get a good look at the beauty of the soil and roots through perspex fronted beds as well as seeing what is growing above the soil.  

Mill O'Forest Primary School - ladybirds

Mill O'Forest Primary School - ladybirds

Detail of Mill O'Forest Primary School's garden showing ladybirds made with golf balls.

Noblehill Primary School

Noblehill Primary School

This kitchen garden is a garden in a kitchen! It is guarded by a scarecrow wearing lost property school uniform and is full of re-used containers sourced from their nursery kitchen upgrade.  Pans, racks and shelves find a new life here as a home for plant and wild life.

Wellside Kindergarten

Wellside Kindergarten

A futuristic garden design that mixes recycled materials with new technology to make a drainpipe hydroponic vegetable grower, guarded by a robot.

Cleddens Learning & Childcare Centre

Cleddens Learning & Childcare Centre

Teddy bears inhabit this design, enjoying a picnic and playing among the plants, potatoes and peas.

Woodmill High School

Woodmill High School

An abandoned shopping trolley, old cans and coffee cups and a shopping basket make a great visual link between plants and food as well as providing an extra layer for more plants.

Petersburn Primary School

Petersburn Primary School

A simple but effective design using blocks of colour, full of nectar-rich flowering and climbing plants.

Noblehill Nursery

Noblehill Nursery

Title uses the school motto 'Be all you can be' and shows some wonderful imagination.  It showcases a Sock Monster's Nest as a haven for plants grown to go on a pizza.  The school's own compost is used and local council clippings as a mulch.

Noblehill Nursery - Detail

Noblehill Nursery - Detail

Sock monster made by children at Noblehill Nursery.

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