Young Is­lay gardeners top na­tional con­test

The Oban Times - - District -

PORT Ellen Pri­mary School on Is­lay will have an ex­hibit on dis­play at this year’s Gardening Scot­land event af­ter win­ning a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

They were one of the lucky win­ners in this year’s Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful De­sign a One Planet Pic­nic Pocket Gar­den com­pe­ti­tion.

Eco- Schools from across Scot­land were in­vited to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, ask­ing pupils to de­sign a colour­ful and ex­cit­ing pal­let-sized gar­den us­ing plants that can be eaten and at­tract bio­di­ver­sity. The chil­dren also had to re­use ma­te­ri­als, which would oth­er­wise have been thrown away.

Port Ellen was cho­sen as one of 18 win­ners out of over 80 en­tries re­ceived by Gar­den for Life Fo­rum.

The pupils will now go on to plant and grow their win­ning de­signs at Gardening Scot­land – the na­tional out­door liv­ing event which will take place at the Royal High­land Show­ground, Ed­in­burgh, from 3rd to 5th June.

Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville, Ar­gyll and Bute’s Pol­icy lead for Ed­u­ca­tion, said: ‘This is an ex­tremely pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion, which at­tracted en­tries from more than 40 schools and nurs­eries across Scot­land. The pupils of Port Ellen have done ex­cep­tion­ally well to be cho­sen as one of the win­ners and they should be very proud of all their hard work. To have their gar­den on dis­play at a na­tional event such as Gardening Life is a great priv­i­lege and I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late all the pupils and staff who made this pos­si­ble.’

Gardening Scot­land’s Food and En­vi­ron­ment Of­fi­cer, Eve Keepax, said: ‘The De­sign a One Planet Pic­nic Pocket Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion is a prac­ti­cal and fun way for young peo­ple to test their skills and utilise their knowl­edge in grow­ing food sus­tain­ably. This ex­per­tise will be use­ful for life, work and leisure, as well as cen­tral to a low car­bon fu­ture.’

Deb­o­rah Long, Chair of the Gar­den for Life Fo­rum, added: ‘ We are de­lighted that so many schools got in­volved and have sub­mit­ted such a wide range of in­no­va­tive and thought-pro­vok­ing de­signs. It is grat­i­fy­ing to see how fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are get­ting to grips with en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and how we can all help na­ture in our gar­dens and school grounds.’

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