Bag Charge To Benefit Butterflies

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People in Glasgow are being asked to support a project to build a butterfly garden at Tollcross Park this summer.

Butterfly Conservation (BC) Scotland is one of three groups shortlisted to receive a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, which uses money raised from the 5p bag charge to pay for local community projects.

Tesco have teamed up with the charity ‘Groundwork’ to launch the scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 handed out, based on votes submitted by shoppers in their local Tesco store throughout May and June.

BC Scotland wants to create a beautiful and colourful butterfly garden and seating area in Tollcross Park to try and reverse declines affecting butterflies in our towns and cities and to provide a public space where people can learn more about gardening for butterflies.

A priority of this project is to invite local people to help build and plant up the garden, with the help of BC’s Urban Butterfly Project Officer. 

Volunteers will be taught gardening and butterfly identification skills, as well as garden maintenance and funding will also pay for information boards to help explain the butterfly garden and its purpose to visitors. 

BC Scotland’s Urban Butterflies Project Officer, Anthony McCluskey, said:  “We are delighted our project has been chosen to go through to the in-store voting and excited to be in with a chance at creating a beautiful butterfly garden on this site.

“It is hoped the garden will prove to be a lasting legacy for Tollcross Park and give the community another reason to be proud of their area.”

The project is supported by Glasgow City Council, the Countryside Rangers Service and the Friends of Tollcross Park Group.

Voting is now open and customers can 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