Preston Lodge Learning Foundation – Tesco Bags of Help Award

Preston Lodge Learning Foundation – Tesco Bags of Help Award

I am delighted to let you know that Preston Lodge Learning Foundation has secured a minimum of £8,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help Award Scheme . The Award will fund the development of a School Kitchen/Biology Garden and Outdoor Learning Space in the school.

Tesco Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on carrier bag use. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs. Tesco have teamed up with Groundwork UK on its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland and are working with Greenspace Scotland to support Scottish Communities.

The Award Scheme will see three projects listed (including ours) in the Tesco Musselburgh Store at Olive Bank Road awarded grants of £ 12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Now here is the important part! The public will now vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on which project should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. Please can you help spread the word and ask friends and family to vote in store for our school project?  Social media helps spread the word too! Please follow our Preston Lodge Learning Foundation twitter account @PL_LF.

Our Project – School Kitchen Garden and Outdoor Learning Space

Over the last few months, students, parents, teachers, and volunteers from the local community came together to help us clear and prepare the space. We were also joined by Hayley Dunn, Vesela Dimitrova and Carlotta Spatrao, from the Hard Rock Café in Edinburgh, who volunteered a day of their time to help.  Activities included:  The big clear out, litter pick, weeding, repairing broken benches and tables, clearing paths and painting.  A huge amount of hard work also went into clearing out the pond and preparing the area. The funding secured will now enable us to create a School Kitchen/Biology Garden and dedicated outdoor learning space.

Our aim is to generate ownership of our school kitchen garden by the young people and through hands on learning raise awareness of the environmental impact of growing food through soil nutrition, growing conditions, composting and food waste. We are confident hands on learning in our school kitchen garden will build on practical food knowledge and skills to use grown produce to develop recipes/dishes and encourage good food choices. The Garden will be used across a number of subject areas and will further enhance our approach to creative learning here at Preston Lodge.

I look forward building on the experience the young people bring from our cluster primaries (who already have school gardens) as well as broadening knowledge of career opportunities linked to food production. Our students will be documenting progress and recording learning in a blog, we look forward to sharing their learning journey with you.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped get our project underway.

Would you like to get involved and join our School Garden Committee?

For further information please contact: Julie Lowe, Head of Development on 01875 8111 70 or