Rozelle's Remembrance Woodland & Carvings is one of three up for the public vote. Pic: Douglas Inness
TESCO customers are being invited to help community groups and good causes in South Ayrshire bag a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund. The supermarket has teamed up with greenspace scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Three groups in South Ayrshire with big ideas to improve the environment are preparing to battle it out to land a share of prize money from a national supermarket. The Council is encouraging as many people as possible to turn out and vote for their favourite project when the ballots open at the end of the month.
This month shoppers are being invited to head along to their local store* and vote for who should take-away which grant award. The successful groups in South Ayrshire are
- A project to Improve footpaths and accessibility to Rozelle's Remembrance Woodland & Carvings in Ayr
- Kirkmichael Primary School Parent Council's Play and Discover Path in Maybole
- A stimulating new play area in the grounds of Kingcase Primary School in Prestwick
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio holder, said, "It's great to see three local projects competing against the strongest in Scotland.
"Better still, regardless of who wins the public vote, all the shortlisted ideas are guaranteed to receive a grant, meaning that every one of them is already a winner.
"We'd like to encourage as many people as possible to vote at their local store with the knowledge that community based projects will be the ones to benefit."
Voting is open in store from 27 February until 6 March. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Tony McElroy, Tesco's Head of Communications in Scotland said: "The money raised by customers through the carrier bag levy will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative. We're really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote in South Ayrshire and these three great local projects coming to life."
The bag charge has already raised millions for good causes in Scotland.
Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Co-ordinator at greenspace scotland said: "Bags of Help is a fantastic initiative which will make a real difference to the communities it helps.
"The number of nominations and applications for grants has been incredible. The final three were chosen by panels who live locally and work in each of the Tesco stores and regions.
"Greenspaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities, creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level."
Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in April. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.
*Vote in store from 27 February until 6 March
- Tesco Express, 99 Main St, Prestwick KA9 1PA
- Ayr Express, 84-86 Prestwick Rd, Ayr KA8 8JT
- Ayr Express, 138 High St, Ayr KA7 1PR
- Ayr Express, 49 Maybole Rd, Ayr KA7 4SF
- Ayr Extra, Whitletts Rd, Ayr KA8 0QA