A KILWINNING primary school has beaten 22 others to scoop a national gardening award.

Corsehill Primary School has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Best Garden for One Planet Picnic Award as part of the annual One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden feature at Gardening Scotland, which took place this early month.

The school’s pocket garden design was selected from a national competition to be one of 22 from schools across 15 local authority areas to help create the Garden for Life at the outdoor show.

The pupils were tasked with cultivating their creative garden designs which reflected the 2018 competition themes, growing food for people, gardening for wildlife and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the contest run by environmental char ity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The entries needed to use plants that can be eaten and attract biodiversity, alongside reusing materials which would otherwise be thrown away.

Corsehill was selected for its inspired entry which which linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goal – Affordable and Clean Energy.

The garden included clean, affordable, energy sources such as a windmill, waterwheel, solar panels and willow biomass. It also included edible plants, providing energy for life.

The school also placed as the joint winner of the My Favorite Garden Award, as voted for by the public. An image of the final creation can be accessed here.

The Pocket Garden their designs into reality provides rich learning and teaching experiences as well as building links across the whole school community.

Eve Keepax, Food and Environment Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It has been fantastic to see the pupils’ creations come to life at Gardening Scotland. There are so many playful, clever details and ideas in these pocket gardens.

“The final result has been Pocket Gardens that have enthralled, enchanted and most of all, inspired, the many visitors to the Garden for Life this weekend.”

The competition is run in partnership between Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Garden for Life Forum.