Clydebank schools amongst national design finalists

Designs by Linnvale Primary and Gavinburn Primary are two of 42 entries to make it through to the final of this year’s Pocket Garden Design Competition, inspired by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

It is the second year in a row that Linnvale have made it through to the last stage of Scotland-wide competition, with nearly 200 schools submitting budding garden designs based on a certain theme each year.

Their entry design was built in a suitcase and displays flags of different nations. The school gave their entry the title ‘My New Home’.

Gavinburn pupils, meanwhile, celebrated Scottish history and heritage by incorporating plants vegetables and herbs introduced by the Romans into the Antonine Wall – which ran right through where the school stands today.

This year’s theme is ‘A Garden of Celebration, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening’ and organisers praised the West Dunbartonshire schools for their “fantastic imagination and creativity” once again.

Eve Keepax, education and learning officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said, “Pocket Garden is uplifting.

“This year’s new theme of ‘A Garden of Celebration’ has opened the door to an outpouring of ideas of what children want to celebrate and what they value.

“It is a reminder in difficult times that we still have many reasons to celebrate.

“It’s even better when the way that the Pocket Gardens are created will be helpful for local wildlife and provide a bite to eat for people too.

“Well done to everyone that entered the competition, and we hope that all schools decide to bring their designs to life.

“I’m already looking forward to seeing the transformations from design to real garden.”

The final entries will now be featured in an online showcase which will be open from June 7 – 19 for people to visit and place their vote for the nation’s favourite Pocket Garden.

Further information from past years can be found here.

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