On 21 January, Keep Scotland Beautiful launched a nationwide search for pupils from across Scotland to participate in the fifth annual Pocket Garden Competition (a partnership between the Garden for Life Forum and Keep Scotland Beautiful) to design a garden which could feature as part of a major display at Gardening Scotland this summer.
Schools from across Scotland are being encouraged to take part and develop designs for a garden which reflects one of the 2020 themes, which include: Wildlife Gardening, One Planet Picnic, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 20th birthday or the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.
The deadline for entries is 11 March 2020. Find out more here.
Pupils are invited to create exciting and unusual designs that use plants that attract wildlife, edible plants, and that reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away.
Eve Keepax, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Food and Environment Officer, said: “Our annual Pocket Garden Competition is a practical and fun way for pupils to learn about food, the environment and biodiversity, as well as developing their creative design skills.
“Now in its fifth year, the competition has inspired schools from 30 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas to take part. We have seen schools produce fantastic designs full of clever surprises with innovative ideas. I hope that many more young people will participate this year.”
By taking part, children are challenged to consider and learn about the environment in a fun, hands on and informal manner. Participants this year can celebrate the official Year of Coasts and Waters, sharing local stories about water, it’s folklore, history and power. They can also help celebrate Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 20th birthday and think about how they can keep Scotland beautiful for the next 20 years.
Anthony McCluskey, Chair of the Garden for Life Forum, added: “We are looking forward to seeing how schoolchildren meet the design challenge again this year, especially as our coasts and inland waters are such inspirational places.
“It’s more important than ever that we help wildlife in our gardens and grow our own food sustainably, and these designs can help in a small way to address the problems our planet is facing.”