Ellon Academy’s gardening group was one of 45 schools given the opportunity to bring their ideas to life in Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 2022 pocket garden design competition.
One of 340 entrants from across Scotland, the group learned in March that they had been selected to advance to the final stage of the competition – the digital showcase.
Since then, the students have been busy bringing their drawing to life and their fate is now in the hands of the public vote, which will close on Monday (June 20).
The schools developed eco-friendly designs for a small garden telling a story, reflecting the themes of the Year of Stories 2022, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening.
Stories are an essential part of culture and community, from beloved stories of family and friends to famous fictional characters: they all provide a sense of place, history and belonging.
There are fables, legends, folklore, short stories, novels, fairy tales, investigative journalism and myths to draw inspiration from and the young people celebrated this through their imaginative entries in the competition.
Children, from the age of three, were challenged to design a colorful and sustainable garden.
The finished gardens will be available in an online showcase, where the nation can also vote for their favorite pocket garden.
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 Aberdeenshire 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, thought-provoking, sustainable and fun!
“We look forward to sharing this year’s stories in the digital showcase.
“Be sure to vote for your favorite!” »
Scottish Book Trust outreach co-ordinator Ella McClellan, who took part in the judging, said: ‘I was delighted when asked if I would help judge this year’s Pocket Garden design competition, as it combines two things that really fascinate me, reading and nature.
“The two share some really positive commonalities.
“Reading books you love and spending time in nature are two proven ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
“Delving into new worlds through books or discovering the vibrant wildlife around you can also help you feel less isolated and lonely.
“This beautiful project brings the two together, in a powerfully beneficial combination and I really enjoyed ‘reading’ these garden stories.
“It has been exciting to see the creative experimental gardens in this competition, ones that are unique to the young people who designed them.”
Elsewhere in Aberdeenshire, Insch Primary School, Fordyce Primary School, Macduff Primary School, Anna Ritchie School and Banchory Academy have also been announced as finalists.
You can vote for your favorite gardens here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6HM2PGM and view all the gardens online at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pocketgarden