Boost for centre's allotment project

published on 22 Feb 2016

One of our centres that helps people overcome the challenges of homelessness is in the running to receive a share of the carrier bag charge fund.  

The Eva Burrows 1st Stop Project in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, is set to receive a grant of up to £12,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.   From February 27 until March 6, shoppers at the supermarket's store in Rutherglen can vote for three local environmental and community projects to receive a grant from Tesco's Groundwork charity.  

The Eva Burrows 1st Stop Project, which houses a community allotment group, is one of those projects set to benefit from the grants.   Tesco customers will be able to vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store. The project with the most tokens will receive £12,000, with £10,000 and £8,000 going to the runners-up.  

Alan McGrotty, manager of Eva Burrows 1st Stop Project, "We're delighted to be up for this award. If we're successful, we plan to use the money to expand our allotments so more service users can learn about gardening and sustainable ways to grow fruit and vegetables.   "The allotments also provide more than just fresh food. Being outdoors in the gardens really helps people's mental health and self-esteem."