Voting for the nation’s favourite Pocket Garden opens in Midlothian

Friday June 14th 2024

St Andrew's Primary School Pocket Garden

St Andrew's Primary, Nursery - P4, Pocket Garden entry ; 'Stages of a Butterfly'


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Pupils from two Midlothian schools – are preparing for their garden design and build efforts to be showcased to the country as part of environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.

Two design entries from St Andrew’s Primary in Gorebridge, and one from St David’s ELC Midlothian in Dalkeith were entered into the competition which was launched earlier in the year in partnership with Garden for Life Forum. It saw nursery and school pupils, aged three to 18, being invited to design a miniature pocket-sized garden which included food for people, was good for wildlife, reuses something and was linked to the theme ‘nature’s engineers’.

Thirty designs, from more than 100 entries, were selected as winners from across 19 local authority areas earlier this year. Winning classes and schools have built and grown their designs which are now featuring in an online showcase for you to view and vote for your favourite from 14 June Here.

Eve Keepax, Education and Learning Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said, “The transformations from design to real garden are amazing, and I would like to congratulate all the pupils and educators.”

Nature’s Engineering is the world’s most sustainable technology, from bird nests to beaver dams. It provides solutions for the challenges of life in amazing ways. The showcased Pocket Gardens all incorporate ‘nature’s engineers’ in their designs along with sustainable ways to grow plants which are good for wildlife and can also provide a wee snack for visitors. It also provides a fantastic framework for practical, creative and outdoor learning.

“I’d like to wish all good luck and encourage people to view the digital showcase from 14-24 June and vote for their favourite.”

The Pocket Garden Design Competition aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Four, Learning for Sustainability and is run as part of our Climate Action Schools framework. It gives pupils and educators a creative focus for learning for sustainability, STEM skills, and the Curriculum for Excellence while learning more about the climate and nature emergencies and having fun learning outdoors.

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