Clydebank Primary pupils have had their budding design skills recognized by winning a national competition.
Pupils from Linnvale Primary School have won the seventh annual pocket garden design competition, organized by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Their sustainable garden design was one of 45 to win a place in a digital showcase out of a total of 340 entries from across Scotland.
Schools were invited to develop eco-friendly designs for a small garden telling a story, reflecting the themes of Year of Stories 2022, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.
And Linnvale Garden tells the story of the mermaids from ‘The Odyssey’, with a carpet of blue flowers forming the backdrop to the Mermaid Cave.
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, long-lasting and full of pleasure.
And Ella McClellan, Outreach Coordinator for Scottish Book Trust, who took part in the judging, added: “I was delighted when I was 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 very positive things in common. Reading books you love and spending time in nature are both proven ways to reduce stress and anxiety. Immerse yourself in new worlds through books or discover vibrant wildlife who surrounds you can also help you feel less isolated and alone.
“This beautiful project brings the two together, in a powerfully beneficial combination and I have really enjoyed ‘reading’ these garden stories. It has been exciting to see the creative experimental gardens in this competition, those that are unique to the young people who have designed their.”
The winning Pocket Gardens will be visible in the digital storefront from Wednesday, June 8 on www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pocketgarden. Voting for the nation’s favorite pocket garden will be open June 8-20.