Primary school gardening competition

Photo of the lucky winners. Left to right they are: Lily-Grace Lamb, P2 at Gullane (2nd), Amber Weatherhead, P5 at Pencaitland (3rd) and Amy Duncan, P1 at Athelstaneford (1st). –

Young wildlife lovers create spectacular gardens

A slugs and snails hotel, a ladybird wheelbarrow and a bug house were among the entries by local children to Merryhatton Garden Centre’s school gardening competition.

The competition, designed to encourage youngsters to try their hand at gardening, gave primary pupils the challenge of creating a miniature wildlife garden. Entrants were able to use any kind of container they liked, and could choose to use plants and garden materials, or to make their garden from craft supplies.

Open to all primary schools across East Lothian, entries came in from Musselburgh to Dunbar and from P1 to P7.

Merryhatton owner Helen MacDonald said: “We were amazed at the creativity displayed in every single entry we received. So much thought and attention to detail had clearly gone into every entry. Judging was an extremely difficult job. So much so, that as well as the three main prize winners, we’ve offered all entrants a voucher for a free ice cream sundae in our cafe in recognition of all their efforts!”

The first prize was awarded to Amber Duncan in P1 at Athelstaneford Primary School for her wildlife garden party. The judges were very impressed by her colourful garden and her attention to detail, particularly in view of her age. Amber won a £20 Merryhatton voucher for herself and a £100 voucher for her school to spend on gardening supplies.

Read the full article: East Lothian Courier