School is top of the crops

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A Peterhead school has come out tops in the first ever nationwide Design a One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden competition.

Pupils from the town’s Anna Ritchie School were voted top of the crops for their design and will now go on to plant and grown their winning effort which will form the Living Garden feature at Gardening Scotland from June 3 to 5.

Pupils were asked to design a colourful and exciting pallet-sized garden using plants that can be eaten and attract biodiversity and reuse materials which would otherwise have been thrown away.

The design from Anna Ritchie School celebrated the variety of the Aberdeenshire landscape in a sloping garden, with a bug hotel and used the school’s own compost to grow the plants.

The winning entry will now be created and brought together to form the main feature of the Living Garden area at the national Gardening Scotland event - the first time that the area will not have been designed by a professional gardener.

Eighteen winners from across Scotland were selected for their innovative, sustainable and deliverable designs.

The pupils will also receive free tickets to the event.

Eve Keepax, Food and Environment Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, 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.”