First of all the site was cleared of trees by the volunteer group as part of their weekly sessions and then the digger arrived. The site was dug out and surrounding edges landscaped. There was also the removal of larger trees and root networks. The planned water inlet was then redirected and lining put in place. There was also the creation the sluice, where the water will drain next to the path.
Castle Semple Volunteer Group back in March successfully applied and were granted £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help campaign for the Project. The new pond will provide a welcome new habitat and educational area for many visiting school children.
If you would like to help or join in with the volunteer group in the pond construction they meet every Thursday 12.30 – 3.30pm. You can find the programme of content they have planned between now and Christmas here – Castle Semple Volunteers Sept.Dec Programme 2016.
About Bags of Help:
Tesco teamed up with Greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme has seen three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of 12,000, 10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of the revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
The public voted in store to decide which local groups should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.