YOUNG people from two Alloa schools are showcasing their garden design and build efforts as part of a national competition.

Pupils from Redwell and Park primaries were previously named as one of 30 winners in environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual Pocket Garden Design Competition after submitting their initial ideas and designs.

Since then, the children have built and grown their designs which are now featuring in an online showcase for people to view and vote for.

As part of the competition, nursery and school pupils were invited earlier this year to design a miniature pocket-sized garden which included food for people, was good for wildlife, reused something and was linked to the theme of nature’s engineers.

The two Alloa schools were selected to turn their designs into reality from more than 100 entries after impressing the judges with their ideas.

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Eve Keepax, education and learning officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The transformations from design to real garden are amazing and I would like to congratulate all the pupils and educators.

“Nature’s engineering is the world’s most sustainable technology, from bird nests to beaver dams.

“It provides solutions for the challenges of life in amazing ways.

“The showcased pocket gardens all incorporate ‘nature’s engineers’ in their designs along with sustainable ways to grow plants which are good for wildlife and can also provide a wee snack for visitors.

“It also provides a fantastic framework for practical, creative and outdoor learning.

“I’d like to wish all good luck and encourage people to view the digital showcase from June 14-24 and vote for their favourite.”

Visit to view the entries and to vote.