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Budding designers at Lanarkshire primary win pocket garden competition


Talented pupils from Greenhills Primary School have shown their budding design skills by winning the seventh annual Pocket Garden Design Competition.

Run by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, schools competed to develop environmentally friendly designs for a tiny garden telling a story, reflecting the themes of the 2022 Year of Stories, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.

Children, from as young as three, were challenged to design a colourful and sustainable garden with the winning finished gardens available to view in an online showcase, where the nation will vote for their favourite Pocket Garden.



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Pupils from Greenhills Primary School in East Kilbride included lots of edible plants in their garden, telling the tale of ‘Stone Soup’ – the vegetables grown can be used to make soup.

Nicola Davidson, education and learning officer for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This year’s competition has 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 South Lanarkshire are finding the benefits of this competition in learning, teaching and celebrating things that are important to them and their environment. The Pocket Garden designs we received were practical, creative, challenging, sustainable and full of fun!”

Glenburgh Nursery Centre in Rutherglen will also have their winning design – a garden for the nursery pet, Fronk the tortoise which tells the story of ‘Albert Upside Down’ featured.

The winning Pocket Gardens will be available to view in the digital showcase from Wednesday, June 8 here.

Voting for the nation’s favourite Pocket Garden will be open from June 8 – 20.

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