Several local community groups have been awarded cash from a small grants scheme funded by the Plastic Bag Tax.
The Water of Leith Conservation Trust who support a number of clean-ups in the area each year have been given enough cash to buy five new pairs of waders. Crucial for dragging akward items out of the river.
The Friends of Starbank Park are going to use their grant to establish a new fernery in the park. In doing so they hope to reflect the original planting design in the park. According to details from their application, the park was first established in 1891, when ferns weren’t seen as a strange thing to have in public parks.
Meanwhile, the Friends of Montgomery Street Park have also managed to get enough funding to buy 8 litter pickers and other litter removal kit. It’s hoped that this will help volunteers keep the park tidy without relying on council supplies.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, the national charity that administers the scheme said: “The community grants announced today provide a great opportunity for local groups to help them start making small local environmental improvements.
“We know the benefits to our health, sense of civic pride and pleasure to visitors and residents alike that can be derived from these small scale improvements – I have no doubt that these awards will inspire continued endeavour amongst some of our country’s community volunteers.
“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments.”
Since a 5p charge was introduced for disposable plastic bag use, it’s been reported that their use is down by as much as 90%