Primary pupils go potty at Merryhatton!

An umbrella, a guitar, a swimming cap and a bathroom sink were among the planted ?pots? entered into Merryhatton Garden Centre?s latest school gardening competition.

The competition, designed to encourage youngsters to try their hand at gardening, used the HTA?s theme ‘It starts with a pot’. Merryhatton gave children the challenge of planting the most imaginative ?pot? they could think of. ?Entrants were able to use any kind of container they liked. The only requirement was to be as creative as possible.

Open to all the primary schools across East Lothian where Merryhatton is based, entries came in from the length and breadth of the county.

Merryhatton owner Helen MacDonald explains: ?Since it was launched we?ve thought that the ?It starts with a pot? theme is a very strong one and we were keen to use it to inspire people to try gardening. As such it seemed like a natural focus for our annual school competition.

?When we launched the competition last month we couldn?t have imagined the sheer number and diversity of entries that we?d receive!? A lego garden, a cycling helmet, a handbag, a golf bag, a camera, a pair of crocs, a rugby ball, a four pack of irn bru cans, and many many more! So much thought and attention to detail had clearly gone into every entry, demonstrating a real wealth of creative talent among our local youngsters.?

The first prize was awarded to Ronan Frazer in P7 at St Martins RC Primary School in Tranent for his recycled robot. The judges felt that Ronan had succeeded really well in his goal to create something quite unique, and were very impressed by his use of everyday objects to make his robot planter. Ronan won a ?20 Merryhatton voucher for himself and a ?100 voucher for his school to spend on gardening supplies.

Second prize went to Isla Douglas in P1E at Dunbar Primary School who was awarded a ?15 voucher for her planted loo! Brother and sister, Gregor and Kirsty Roden, from Aberlady Primary School picked up third prize and a ?10 voucher for their lovely suitcase garden.

All other entrants received a voucher for a free ice cream sundae in the caf? at Merryhatton.

?Through the competition we were able to reach around 10,000 families across our local area,? continues Helen MacDonald. ?It gave us a strong and enduring theme to use both in-store and across social media for around 6 weeks, helping reinforce our community involvement and commitment to growing the next generation of gardeners. And by asking entrants to drop off and collect their entries from the garden centre it also helped to drive up footfall.?

Photos of all the entries can be found on Merryhatton?s website at



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