Tesco Bags Of Help – voting now open and we need your help

River Forth Fisheries Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

River Forth Fisheries Trust is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland. 


Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

River Forth Fisheries Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Allan Water Invasive Species Project is part of the wider Forth Invasive Non Native Species programme (FINNS) which works with volunteers, community groups, Local Authorities, National Park, NGOs, agencies, and local businesses to manage Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) (and in the process promoting Native Species and biodiversity) through raising awareness events, surveying, training (formal and informal), control (volunteer community groups/contractors) and monitoring within the area in the Forth District.

This programme aims to prevent, to monitor and to control the introduction, spread and extent of Invasive Non-Native Species in a sustainable manner on a catchment-wide scale within the Allan Water Catchment and across the Forth District.
Amy Fergusson, Invasive Species Project Officer of the River Forth Fisheries Trust said:

“We are very excited to be involved in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The Allan Water Invasive Species Project aims to work alongside the ongoing District-wide Forth Invasive Non-Native Species Programme to continue to treat the Invasive Species in this catchment. The River Forth Fisheries Trust and its volunteers have dedicated a lot of time and effort to this programme and we are glad that we can continue control works along the Allan Water in 2017 with funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help.”

Voting is open in DUNBLANE and CALLANDER stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said: 
 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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