Schools en­cour­aged to de­sign a gar­den

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En­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful has launched a search for green fin­gered pupils to par­tic­i­pate in the fourth an­nual Pocket Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion - which chal­lenges pupils to cre­ate a gar­den de­sign which could fea­ture as part of a ma­jor dis­play at Gar­den­ing Scot­land this sum­mer.

Schools are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in the Pocket Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion by de­sign­ing a gar­den that cel­e­brates Scot­land’s land­scape by link­ing plants and place with wa­ter and chang­ing cli­mate.

Par­tic­i­pants will be asked to con­sider a range of themes in their en­tries, in­clud­ing gar­dens that can with­stand drought and flood­ing or that would thrive in coastal or wet­land lo­ca­tions.

Schools are in­vited to sub­mit their en­tries no later than Fe­bru­ary 8. There will be a team of men­tors on hand for schools that would like some ad­vice and the win­ning schools will be se­lected by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful and the Gar­den for Life Fo­rum.

All win­ning en­tries will be cre­ated to form the main fea­ture of the Liv­ing Gar­den area at Gar­den­ing Scot­land, which will take place in June.

An­thony McCluskey, Chair of the Gar­den for Life Fo­rum, said:“Ex­treme weather events are be­com­ing more com­mon as our cli­mate changes. We need to adapt how we gar­den and grow food, so the com­pe­ti­tion is a chance for chil­dren to en­gage with the ways in which cli­mate change may af­fect Scot­land. Wa­ter – and the lack of it - is one of the key el­e­ments in grow­ing plants, so we can’t wait to see what the chil­dren come up with.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on en­tries and the re­quire­ments can be found at www. keep­scot­land­beau­ti­ful. org/pock­et­gar­den.

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