Despite it being half term, some of Little Ardvreck gave up their time to help Mrs Spurway and Ms Mackintosh to set up Ardvreck’s Pocket Pallet Garden as part of the Gardening Scotland Festival that is open to the public this weekend at the Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh.
The Little Ardvreck Gardening Club had helped Mrs Spurway to design the garden that was entered into the Keep Scotland Beautiful competition in which 300 schools took part. Ardvreck was delighted to be chosen as a finalist and was asked to plan and grow the design for display at the Gardening Scotland Festival.
The pallet garden had to include plants that can be eaten, that attract biodiversity and reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away. Ardvreck’s design is based on coastal cottages and gardens that rise up through farms and forests to mountains showing the rich diversity of Scottish habitats and plants.
Yesterday, the children helped to add the final touches to the sculpture that the whole school has contributed to. The sculpture uses old tires on top of the required pallet and each level has a different theme. The Mountains at the top with heathers, a cairn and ring-pull bumblebees. The Forest has pine trees and hand-painted stone ladybirds amongst the pinecones. The Farmland has crop and vegetables grown from seed by Little Ardvreck. The Coast has two finely painted coastal cottages with shell pathways down to the beach and seaweed and shells which have been washed up by the sea. There are slate sign-posts, which have been beautifully handwritten, to indicate each level and each garden crop, and there is even a castle ruin. There are recycled containers with flowering plants and the whole garden is all topped off with the willow dinosaur that was created by Ardvreck pupils.
There was even a visit from television presenter and former Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins who was impressed with the garden and was very happy to pose with Robert S and Constance S, and the garden. The pallet garden will also be viewed over the weekend by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Minister for the Environment, the Scottish Government Minister for Education and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. The garden will also be judged along with the other winners for one of three discretionary awards in each Pocket Garden theme.
Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and we think that the garden looks brilliant! Well done Ardvreck!