Greggs Foundation Community Challenge Fund

Through their charitable arm ‘The Greggs Foundation’ Greggs plc have donated the proceeds from the plastic carrier bag charge to support environmental education projects for local communities. These will be delivered in and around rivers in Wales, Scotland and England. The initiative aims not only to realise a range of environmental benefits, but to also educate local people so that they have a greater appreciation for their local environment and are more likely to access and engage with it.

Ribble Rivers Trust is pleased to announce that we will be receiving funding from the scheme in England – the ‘Community Challenge Fund’ – which will help us to deliver some exciting benefits and activities under our Ribble Life Together project.

The Greggs Foundation funding will help us to:

  • Deliver ‘River Detectives’ workshops to 10 different school classes between November 2016 and July 2017
  • Deliver ‘Active Rivers’ with 2 school classes to plant 200 trees in the winter of 2016/2017.
  • Attend 12 events and shows over the summer of 2017 to engage with the public to increase awareness of the local rivers and how and what they can do to improve them
  • Improve footpath infrastructure on 3 circular walks to increase accessibility and promote rivers and streams as a recreational resource
  • Run 3 volunteer workshops on surveying invertebrates, otters and barriers to fish migration between April 2017 and September 2017.
  • Provide 4 work experience placements for 16 – 18 year olds during the summer of 2017.

A well as physical activities the funding will also enable the Trust to purchase tools and equipment that will support the ongoing delivery of these activities beyond 2017 until 2020.  This includes a mobile interpretation centre which will be decorated on the outside with artwork generated by school children who take part in the River in the Classroom programme! 

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Background
Following on from earlier initiatives in Wales and Scotland, in 2015 the Government introduced a charge for single-use plastic carrier bags across England, in order to reduce their use and encourage people to re-use bags. Prior to the charge, in 2014, over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets in England alone. That’s something like 140 bags per person, the equivalent of about 61,000 tonnes in total. Asides from the considerable length of time they take to degrade in the environment, the bags degrade the environment, reduce aesthetic value of our towns and countryside, and can damage wildlife.

The Greggs Foundation Community Challenge Fund is managed by The Rivers Trust in England.