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Pocket garden design competition winners revealed

Twenty-two schools from across Scotland have been selected as winners in the One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden competition.


The winners will all now work to bring their creations to life for display in the Garden for Life area at the Gardening Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh this June.

Eco-Schools from across Scotland were invited to enter the One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden design competition, which saw pupils encouraged to develop designs for a garden that reflects the 2018 theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, utilising plants that can be eaten and attract biodiversity, and reusing materials which would otherwise be thrown away.

The winning schools were selected from entries from 24 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas by representatives from Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Garden for Life Forum, Gardening Scotland, SCVO which leads Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network and a garden designer.

Eve Keepax, our Food and Environment Officer, said:  “For the third year running, we have been so excited by the diverse and inspiring entries to our annual One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden Design Competition, and everyone’s interpretation of this years new theme – the UN Global Goals.

“This competition is a practical, yet fun, way to learn about growing food sustainably, and why it is important to them. We look forward to working with the pupils from the winning schools and seeing their designs create The Garden for Life.”

In total 22 finalists from across 15 local authority areas were selected for their innovative, sustainable and deliverable designs which will all be transformed into the Garden for Life at Gardening Scotland. Three final winners will be selected at Gardening Scotland from the display in the following categories: ‘best garden for wildlife’; ‘best garden for One Planet Picnic theme’ and ‘best garden for Global Goals theme’.

Jenna Lowe, Gardening Scotland commented, “It’s inspiring to see all these fantastic schools participating in this competition, coming up with wonderful and thoughtful garden designs which have real standing within the UN Global Goals.  I can’t wait to see all these gardens in the flesh at Gardening Scotland this year!”

This press release was cross posted from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Read more at:

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