STUDENTS in West Dunbartonshire hang up their gardening gloves as voting for the seventh annual pocket garden design competition is about to begin.
Voting for the competition, organized by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, opens on Wednesday June 8 when all the winning designs will be available in a digital storefront.
In March, Knoxland Primary in Dumbarton and Linnvale Primary in Clydebank won the final stage of the competition.
The Knoxland Primary School Pupils’ Garden tells Dumbarton’s maritime history through a boat-shaped garden design with reclaimed wood forming a perimeter around the boat.
Linnvale Primary School’s winning design tells the mermaid myth from ‘The Odyssey’ with a carpet of blue flowers forming a backdrop to the mermaid cave.
Since then, budding designers have worked hard to build and develop their gardens.
During the online showcase in 2021, 38 design winners were displayed for public voting.
This year, 340 entries were received from across the country and of those 45 won a spot in the digital showcase.
Nicola Davidson, Education and Learning Manager for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This year’s competition encouraged children to tell their own stories, a wonderful part of our culture, through their garden designs. .
“We are delighted that schools and young people in West Dunbartonshire are enjoying the benefits of this competition to learn, teach and celebrate things that are important to them and their environment.
“The Pocket Garden designs we received were practical, creative, stimulating, sustainable and full of fun!
“We look forward to sharing this year’s stories in the digital showcase. Be sure to vote for your favorite! »
Participating schools developed eco-friendly designs for a small garden telling a story reflecting the themes of the Year of Stories 2022, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.
Keep Scotland Beautiful believes that stories are a vital part of culture and community and provide a sense of place, history and belonging.
School children participating in the contest drew inspiration from fables, folklore, short stories, novels, fairy tales, investigative journalism and myths celebrating them in their imaginative contest entries.
Toddlers as young as three years old were challenged to design a colorful and sustainable garden.
The finished designs will be available in an online showcase where the nation can vote for their favorite pocket garden.
Ella McClellan, Outreach Coordinator for Scottish Book Trust, who took part in the judging, said: “I was delighted when asked if I would help judge this year’s Pocket Garden design competition, because it combines two things that really fascinate me. , reading and nature.
“The two share some really positive things in common. Reading books you love and spending time in nature are two proven ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
“Delving into new worlds through books or discovering the vibrant wildlife around you can also help you feel less isolated and lonely.
“This beautiful project brings the two together, in a powerfully beneficial combination and I really enjoyed ‘reading’ these garden stories.
“It has been exciting to see the creative experimental gardens in this competition, ones that are unique to the young people who designed them.”
Pocket Garden’s winning designs will be available in the digital storefront from June 8-20 on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website HERE.