The Oban Times - - Districts -

A GIGHA Pri­mary School pupil has won a top award at Gar­den­ing Scot­land 2017.

Bai­ley Ban­natyne was this year’s win­ner of the ‘One Planet Pic­nic Gar­den Peo­ple’s Favourite’ cat­e­gory at the an­nual gar­den­ing event at Inglis­ton near Ed­in­burgh.

The com­pe­ti­tion is run by Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful and this year cel­e­brates Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

Nine-year- old Bai­ley used the isle of Gigha as her in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ated a gar­den which ex­pressed her love for the is­land and its beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral her­itage.

Talk­ing about her de­sign, she said: ‘My dad and I went for a walk around Gigha and saw so many dif­fer­ent flow­ers. I wanted to make a gar­den that was a map of that so I went home and we de­cided on the plan.

‘On my plan I put watercress for the golf course; aza­leas for Achamore Gar­dens; laven­der for the pur­ple flow­ers that bees on Gigha love; sand and rocks for our beau­ti­ful beaches; drift­wood for the Gi­ant’s Tooth; a mini king palm tree; flow­ers of the sea; mixed herbs and grass for our cows to make lovely, creamy milk and painted stones for the houses and build­ings.’

Bai­ley’s gar­den is cur­rently be­ing re­con­structed on Gigha as part of the school’s gar­den­ing projects.

Th­ese projects in­clude new veg­etable pal­let gar­dens, three more One Planet Pic­nic Gar­dens and The Bee Wild project. This mi­cro restora­tion project on the school grounds is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with Amy Wil­son Arts and sup­ported by Grow Wild, Kew Gar­dens and the Big Lot­tery Fund.

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