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Dundee school submits winning garden design

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that pupils from Grove Academy, Dundee, have been selected as winners of the nationwide competition to Design a One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden, which will see them now bring their creations to life for display at the Gardening Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh this June.

Schools from across Scotland were invited to enter the competition, which saw pupils encouraged to develop designs for a garden that reflects the 2018 theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, utilising plants that can be eaten and attract biodiversity, and reusing materials which would otherwise be thrown away.

With entries from across 24 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas in the third year of the competition, Grove Academy has been selected to plant and grow their winning design, which will ultimately form part of the Garden for Life area at the 2018 Gardening Scotland exhibition.

As part of the Eco-Schools programme, the competition aims to encourage children’s awareness, skills and understanding of food and the environment, in a fun, hands on and informal manner. The winning schools were selected by representatives from Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Garden for Life Forum, Gardening Scotland and SCVO which leads Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network.

Eve Keepax, food and environment officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “For the third year running, we have been so excited by the diverse and inspiring entries to our annual One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden Design Competition, and everyone’s interpretation of this years new theme – the UN Global Goals.

“This competition is a practical, yet fun, way to learn about growing food sustainably, and why it is important to them. We look forward to working with the pupils from Grove Academy and seeing their designs create The Garden for Life.”

In total, 22 finalists from across 15 local authority areas were selected for their innovative, sustainable and deliverable designs which will all be transformed into the Garden for Life at Gardening Scotland. Three final winners will be selected at Gardening Scotland from the display in the following categories: ‘best garden for wildlife’; ‘best garden for One Planet Picnic theme’ and ‘best garden for Global Goals theme’.

Jenna Lowe, Gardening Scotland commented: “It’s inspiring to see all these fantastic schools participating in this competition, coming up with wonderful and thoughtful garden designs which have real standing within the UN Global Goals. I can’t wait to see all these gardens in the flesh at Gardening Scotland this year!”

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