A pupil from Gigha Primary School 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, held at Ingliston near Edinburgh.
The competition is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful and this year celebrates Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology programme.
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 the Isle of 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 these things: 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.”
Yvonne Mcneilly, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Bailey has created a stunning garden. Her imaginative design is not only full of colour and creativity, but it is also full of passion and it is clear how much Bailey adores her home island.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her and wish her the very best.”
Ann Marie Knowles, the Council’s Executive Director of Community Services, said: “Well done Bailey, what a beautiful design.
“Gardening brings learning alive and has many benefits to young people across all areas of the curriculum.
“As well as providing knowledge, gardening can also help with improved literacy and numeracy. It gives children responsibility and encourages caring and understanding.
"Bailey is a credit to Gigha Primary and I’m sure I speak for the whole school community when I say we are very proud of her.”
Bailey's garden is currently being reconstructed on Gigha as part of the school 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.