Bag charge pays off for project

Stracathro Primary
Stracathro Primary

Stracathro Parent Council is to receive £250 to help spruce up a community hall, all thanks to the carrier bag charge introduced last year.

The group is one of 200 local organisations to receive £250 community grant scheme from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The grant scheme is funded by the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland.

The parent council had applied to the scheme for funding to buy seeds and bulbs to plant around their well-used community hall.

The grants will support a wide range of local environment improvement projects including litter prevention and removal, outdoor reuse projects and imaginative planting.

In their application, the parent council highlighted that the use of the hall is not only by the school, but by the local community. Their submission added: “We think that brightening up the hall entrance and car park would bring enjoyment to many users and passers by.”

The parent council explained that flower containers would be sourced locally, and from recycled materials to help deliver their project in an environmentally sustainable manner, whilst ensuring the containers were tough and weather proof.

The group also outlined how the project would involve or benefit the community. The parent council outlined previous projects that the school carry out to the benefit of the local community, including their litter picking projects, and explained that improving the halls appearance would be “an extension of the project.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The community grants announced today provide a great opportunity for local groups to help them start making small local environmental improvements. We know the benefits to our health, sense of civic pride and pleasure to visitors and residents alike that can be derived from these small scale improvements - I have no doubt that these awards will inspire continued endeavour amongst some of our country’s community volunteers.

“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments and we’re grateful to Tesco and its customers, for making this possible. Keep checking our website and local press for details of future funding opportunities.”