Fife Council's Urban Park Ranger calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Archived news: published on Monday 09 Jan 2017 by Fife Council

Tesco Bags of Help logo

Tesco Bags of Help logo

Fife Council is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor 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 this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Fife Council is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The project could transform a former private garden at the North Lodge, just off Pittencrieff Street in Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff Park, into an area that wildlife and people alike can benefit from. At present the site is a slightly neglected, overgrown, shaded area. However with some careful tree management it could be opened up with more light available for introducing new plant life.

With native wildflower planting and sensitive management of the area many forms of wildlife could be encouraged to make their home in this quiet corner of a busy park. A small pond would attract amphibians and insects, while wildflowers would attract pollinators such as butterflies and bumblebees. Birds and small mammals would enjoy the woodland feel of the immediate area as well as plentiful food supplies from insects and fruit bearing plants.

An opportunity for nearby residents and the local primary schools to use this sheltered area for growing fruit and vegetables would add to the overall value of the site to the local community. Wildlife friendly gardening practices would be adopted and training provided for volunteers who’d like to be involved.

Cara Donald, the Urban Park Ranger for Fife Council, said: “This site would be an invaluable resource not only for wildlife and food growing but also as an educational tool for local school children and volunteers who visit the park. Being able to grow food from seed and then harvest it themselves will promote sustainable living and a healthy lifestyle in a way that no book can emulate. The potential to observe and record the benefits of wildlife friendly gardening will encourage anyone involved to adopt similar approaches in their own lives.”

Voting is open in local stores until Friday 28 January. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each 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 January. 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.”

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit

Did you know?

  • You can vote for Pittencrieff Park’s project in the following Tesco stores:Dunfermline Extra,Dunfermline Fire Station, Dunfermline Express, Rosyth, Dalgety Bay Metro, Cardenden Express, Glenrothes Express South Parks Road, St Andrews Metro and Cupar.
  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £24 million to 2,421 local community projects.


Cara Donald, Urban Park Ranger 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 49 33 18 Contact Cara Donald online
By Post: Fife Council 7 Abbot Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7NJ

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