Garden’s financial support is in the bag

The proposed site of the therapy garden on Lochside Road.
The proposed site of the therapy garden on Lochside Road.

A local group planning to set up a therapy garden in Forfar has reaped the benefits of the plastic bag ‘tax’ to the project off the ground.

The Forfar Open Garden Scheme is aiming to develop the garden at the site of a former market garden on Lochside Road.

As well as the formation of a garden, which would be used to promote phyiscal and psychological health and well-being, the proposals include provision of a building that could be used during spring, summer and autumn.

The project has attracted a £250 donation from Keep Scotland Beautiful’s community grant scheme. It was one of 200 awards to local groups who are making improvements to their environment.

The Community Grants are funded from the proceeds of the 5p carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The community grants 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.

“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments and we’re grateful to Tesco and its customers, for making this possible.”