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Tesco funding helps Ayrshire pathway take a big step forward

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A picturesque Dalry walking route been made more user-friendly thanks to funding from Tesco.

Dalry Community Development Hub was awarded £8000 through the supermarket’s Bags of Help scheme and has channelled the money into revamping the Lynn Glen – a walkway which has been used by hundreds of people since it was created in the 1970s.

Members of the Lynn Glen Restoration Project team have worked to bring the path leading from Dalry up and around Lynn Glen back to life in an intensive three-year programme which involved making the area safer by clearing debris and resurfacing.

Emma Halliday, community enabler co-ordinator at greenspace scotland, and Jennifer Dickson, general merchandise team manager at Tesco in Kilbirnie, joined members of the Lynn Glen Restoration Project to unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the completion of the project.  

The specially-designed plaque was donated by Tesco as a permanent record of the project being chosen and backed by the local community.

Restoration team member Sheena Woodside said: “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved on the pathway. It’s been a great experience – made even more so by the fact that the community have helped it come to fruition through Bags of Help votes.

“We’re working to install a viewing platform and seat at the waterfall so that walkers can stop to admire this amazing viewpoint. We want to share Dalry’s hidden gem.

“People can now access this beautiful part of Ayrshire easily and we couldn’t have done this without the funding from Tesco. It’s greatly appreciated.”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding scheme, which sees grants being awarded to fund local community projects – all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. greenspace scotland works with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland. 

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,400 local projects.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “It is wonderful to see this project come to fruition, showing first-hand how a Bags of Help grant can help transform local communities.

“There has been great enthusiasm for the initiative from both Tesco colleagues and our customers.

“This is just the beginning for Bags of Help and we are hugely excited for the future as the scheme continues to grow and help even more groups across the UK.”

Bags of Help provides thousands of projects with vital funding every year.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by Tesco customers every time they shop, using a blue token given to them at the checkout – the projects being voted on change every other month.

Community groups and charities can apply for funding and Tesco customers and colleagues can nominate projects that they’d like to see receive some cash. Just ask in store for more information of visit the Bags of Help website, www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp