Six Aberdeenshire schools prepare to present their winning designs

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Voting for the nation’s favorite pocket garden opens June 8.

Voting for the nation’s favorite opens on Wednesday, June 8, when all winning designs will be available in a digital storefront.

Six schools in Aberdeenshire – including Banchory Academy – won the competition in March, advancing to the final stage. Since then, budding designers have worked hard to build and develop their gardens.

This year, 340 entries were received from across Scotland. Of these, 45 won a place in the digital showcase.

The 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.

Children as young as three years old were challenged to design a colorful and sustainable garden. The finished gardens will be available in an online showcase, where the nation can also vote for their favorite pocket garden.

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 Aberdeenshire are reaping 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, challenging, 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! »

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. 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. »

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