Tesco has teamed up with Greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 - all raised from the five pence bag charge.
Bags of help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco's regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
Green Routes has been selected as one of the three organisations to benefit from this initiative.
The money we receive will all be used to improve access within the lower Walled Garden at Gartmore House. The idea for this project arose as the result of consultation about access issues with students, schools, the local authority, volunteers and members of the local community.
Our plans will allow access for the first time to this part of the garden for students who use wheelchairs and walking aids such as rollators. It will also improve access for other students, particularly those with poor mobility, by the construction of a pathway linking a poly-tunnel, raised vegetable beds, fruit bushes and poultry runs. The costs of the project are mainly for materials. The actual work of preparing the ground and laying the path will be undertaken by students, staff and volunteers.
If we are awarded the top grant of £12,000, we will also be able to extend the pathway to include the orchard, fruiting hedge, compost heaps, wildlife garden, bog garden and bee-keeping area.
Over one hundred users of the garden will benefit from the completion of this project. It really is a worthwhile venture and will build on a number of other improvements recently completed at Green Routes.
We have already undertaken a similar project to improve access in the upper garden and this has been a huge success.
You will be able to vote in local Tesco stores from 27th February 2016 until 6th March 2016 on who should receive the £12,000, £10,00 and £8,000 awards. Here at Green Routes we're all really hoping you'll go out and give us your vote!
Participating Tesco stores are Callander Express, Bridge of Allan High Street Express, Dunblane and Stirling.