Moray garden project urges shoppers to back their cash bid

Moray project among those who will benefit from Tesco's £1.4m fund
Moray project among those who will benefit from Tesco’s £1.4m fund

A MORAY COMMUNITY project are urging Tesco customers in four towns to take time to give them a vote that could greatly increase a grant from the national store chain.

Earlier this month insideMoray revealed how the Burghead Community Garden project were already winners from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

The community project has made fantastic strides in transforming the old Station Yard in their town into a series of sensory gardens and pathways, with different groups taking responsibility for individual areas.

Tesco selected the project as one of several in Scotland that would receive either £8000, £10,000 or £12,000 – part of the proceeds from their 5p reusable bag charge levied in stores throughout Scotland.

The size of the grant received by the Burghead project will now depend on the votes of customers – these can be cast in the Tesco stores at Elgin, Forres, Buckie and Keith over a week-long period from Saturday, February 27 until Saturday, March 5.

Customers will be given a token at the check-out that will allow them to vote for their choice – in total 144 environmental projects will receive part of a total £1.4million.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “The money raised by customers through the carrier bag charge will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative.

“This is the first opportunity we’ve had to roll it out on this scale and we’re really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote in each of the Scottish regions.

“It’s an opportunity for people to play a part in bringing so many great local projects to life.”