As the key beneficiary of the funds generated by the carrier bag charge throughout 2014 to 2015 we partnered with Tesco to help to make a real difference to the environment and communities of Scotland.
In turn we were able to support Tesco and their Scale for Good objectives by investing the money raised in a broad range of environmental projects. This partnership enabled us to support over 500 communities and groups from across all of Scotland’s local authority areas.
We have given out thousands of pounds in grant aid to support community groups; we have brought a national focus to the importance of community engagement on environmental matters; and we have inspired 100,000+ volunteer hours of active participation across the diverse range projects and initiatives that we promoted, which included: the Tasty Spaces programme, encouraging community groups and organisations to grow sustainable food in unused, innovative and unconventional spaces; our Bee Diverse education programme encouraging the planting of pollinators to encourage biodiversity; and, the Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) campaign which is part of an international initiative which aims to empower and encourage young people to report on environmental concerns.
Charity Trustee from Haddington Garden Trust said “As a charity we are entirely reliant on grants and donations for the continued management and development of the garden for the community. The trust is very grateful to Tesco for its support”
While one of our young reporters said “ YRS helped me to achieve my passion of being able to report on the beauty of our local environment and the threat from human activity ”.
The environmental legacy of our work is continuing and forms an important part of our current, and future, community project engagement work.