Port Ellen blooms in national competition

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25 May 2016 - 11:19

Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed the news that one its schools will have an exhibit on display at this year’s Gardening Scotland event after winning a national competition.

Port Ellen Primary School on Islay was 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 and pupils were asked 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 by the Garden for Life Forum from over 80 entries. The pupils will now go on to plant and grow their winning designs at Gardening Scotland – the national outdoor living event which takes place at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, from 3rd to 5th June.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Rory Colville 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.”