Tesco Fraserburgh to help give away £8,000 every month for outdoor projects

Sharon Mitchell with Dennis Paterson and Barry Addison
Sharon Mitchell with Dennis Paterson and Barry Addison

A Fraserburgh supermarket is pushing an initiative that will see stores in the North East give away £8,000 to outdoor projects every month.

Tesco Fraserburgh, alongside branches in Huntly, Banff, Buckie and Keith, will combine to give £8,000 per month to outdoor causes as part of their Bags of Help scheme which gives money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge.

Sharon Mitchell, Community Champion for Tesco Fraserburgh, said: “It’s all outdoor projects - it’s a way of making the 5p bag money work for everyone.”

Ms Mitchell is encouraging all local projects to get involved with the initiative which sees £5,000 awarded to first place, £2,000 to second and £1,000 to first.

The projects will also get the help of Groundworks UK.

Ms Mitchell said: “Sometimes it’s an extra pair of hands or an expert bit of knowledge to really push your project forward.”

Despite Fraserburgh being one of the stores pushing this initiative there were no local projects to choose from this month.

However two of the men behind one of the projects from Cullen did visit the Broch store last Thursday to promote their cause.

Dennis Paterson and Barry Addison are behind the Cullen Castle Hill project which is restoring a historic site in which used to be home to a fort.

Mr Addison said: “A few of us got together back in February this year and we took on this site which is a historic site which is controlled by Historic Scotland.”

They removed gorse from the site and are now hoping to build new paths to create easy access to.