A new venture to grow vegetables on unused ground in Pathhead has got off and running thanks to money raised from carrier bag sales.
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s community grant scheme is funded from the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland, allowing Scottish communities to benefit from the 5p charge that came into force last October.
Midlothian group Pathedible received £250 from the fund and £25 from Tynewater Community Council to grow vegetables in the village.
Group member Jenny Gardner explained more: “We are just a tiny group in its infancy. There is a strip of council-owned land at the back of where I live which for ages has been lying doing nothing.
“So myself and my partner spoke to Justin Venton at the council, who was open to our idea and gave us the go-ahead on the condition that we got in touch with Tynewater Community Council, who were so completely supportive.
“Everybody in the village has been open to the idea, they have just gone for it.
“With the money we got we bought scaffolding boards and we got soil from various places. Then we bought a wormery, composter and four beds. The idea is to get people to contribute to that, there is a few things in the beds already.
“If there is excess veg then people can take it for a small donation, with all money put back into buying seeds.”
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