Rosneath Primary: Pocket garden design entry wins place in final

Rosneath Primary has been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Pocket Garden Design Competition out of almost 200 entrants across 28 local authorities.

It’s the second year in a row that pupils from Rosneath have made it through to the national final.

The 42 designs have now been invited to build their garden and film or photograph it as part of an online showcase to the public in June.

A pocket garden is a mini garden that uses edible plants, plants to attrack wildlife and ones that reuse something that would normally be thrown away, said environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Last year Rosneath’s pupils came up with a concept garden based on the classic Disney animated film The Jungle Book – and turned their vision from an idea to reality in the grounds of the school.

The themes for the gardens this year are “A Garden of Celebration”, “One Planet Picnic” and “Wildlife Gardening”.

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 competition is run in partnership with Garden for Life Forum.

Rosneath is one of three Argyll and Bute entries to make it through to the national final – the others are at Appletree Nursery in Rothesay and at Gigha Primary School.

A showcase of all the entries will be online from June 7 to 19, where people can vote for their favourite.

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