Could Scotland's top young gardeners be flourishing in Dumbarton and the Vale?

That's the question being asked by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, which has launched a search for green fingered pupils in Scotland to participate in the fourth annual pocket garden competition

The contest challenges pupils to create a garden design which could feature as part of a major display at Gardening Scotland this summer.

Schools are being encouraged to take part by designing a garden that celebrates the country's landscape by linking plants and place with water and changing climate.

The competition will challenge children to consider and learn about the environment in a fun, hands on and informal manner.

The participants this year will be asked to consider a range of themes in their entries, including gardens that can withstand drought and flooding or that would thrive in coastal or wetland locations.

Eve Keepax from Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “Our annual one planet picnic pocket garden competition is a practical and fun way for pupils to learn about food, the environment and biodiversity - all linking to our changing climate."

Schools are invited to submit their entries no later than February 8.

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