Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The skye times

Staffin Primary School received a commendation in The Pocket Garden Competition.

The pupils were tasked with designing a colourful and exciting pallet sized garden – that included plants for people to eat, is good for wildlife and celebrates the year of history, heritage and archaeology, while reusing materials which would otherwise be discarded.

Staffin's design included an erupting volcano to transport viewers back to the time of the dinosaurs and immerse them in the story of the Skye landscape.  

The Pocket Garden Competition is run in partnership between Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Garden for Life Forum. The Garden for Life Forum and Gardening Scotland selected the entries that were then turned into a real-life garden for display at the weekend. The gardens were then judged by members of the Forum and a select few are presented with awards, based on the 2017 Pocket Garden themes.

Visitors to Gardening Scotland this weekend selected Gigha Primary School as the winner of the prestigious 2017 My Favourite Pocket Garden Award - as part of the One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden feature at the event.

The Pocket Garden designs on display were selected from over 300 competition entries from across the length and breadth of Scotland to create the Living Garden, at Gardening Scotland this past weekend (2nd - 4th June). The real-life gardens were then judged and four were presented with awards.

The winners were:

One Planet Picnic - Douglas Academy

Wildlife Gardening - Dunoon Grammar School

Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology- Arnhall Day Nursery

Commendations were also received by Grove Academy, and Williamwood High School.

Gigha Primary School was selected as the winner of the My Favourite Pocket Garden Award by members of the public who visited the Living Garden display over the course of the weekend - with more than 600 votes cast across the three days.  

Gigha Primary School developed a “Mini-me island” which mirrored the island in its current form complete with rocky coast, beaches, buildings and a golf course of cress with egg shell sand bunkers.

 

Anthony McCluskey, Chair of the Garden for Life Forum, said: “All of this year’s gardens impressed us in different ways, showing how creative and hard-working these children and their teachers are. They are the next generation of gardeners and growers, so we were delighted to see how much they enjoyed it, and hope that they learned some new skills and discovered a passion for gardening.

“Well done to the winners from Gigha Primary School who excelled with a brilliant design which was delivered to such a high standard and fulfilled the design brief wonderfully!”

 

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