Friends of Turriff Cemetery need your bags of help

The newly formed Friends of Turriff Cemetery group need your help.

The group have been selected as one of three local causes to bid for the Tesco Bags Of Help initiative in January. Tesco have teamed up with Groundwork to use the 5p carrier bag levy to fund grants of £5000, £2000 & £1000 to local outdoor community projects.

The Friends of Turriff Cemetery will be up against two other local groups who will be aiming to get the top award of £5000 from Tesco in January.

Tesco Bags Of Help tokens

The awards will be decided by Tesco shoppers who will be given a blue token at the check out when they shop in store. The tokens are then used to vote for which community project they want to see get the top award of £5000.

The aim of the Friends of Turriff Cemetery Group is to work with the local community in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and other organisations to improve the Cemetery for wildlife and people, and promote its importance in the local community.

Fraser Watson, Chairman of the group said

The group was formed to improve access, recreational and educational facilities in the cemetery. To date, we have held two general tidying and leaf clearing sessions.

With funding, we hope to source equipment to aid these sessions, provide seating areas, improve shrub areas and generally make the Cemetery more pleasing on the eye with the help of the Community of all ages.

Community leaf clearing

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.

Voting opens in Tesco stores this morning and will run until 28 January when the votes will be counted and the grants given to the community projects.

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You can find out more about the Friends of Turriff Cemetery on their Facebook page.

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