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Our Eco Fund provides grants to worthy local projects that aim to protect and regenerate our local environment.

Our Eco Fund provides grants to worthy local projects that aim to protect and regenerate our local environment.

The Eco Fund first launched in 2008 when we led the way in recycling by levying a 5p charge on one trip carrier bags, in an attempt to reduce the number used.

Now in 2018, each day we hear more news about how our waters are plagued by the devastating effects of the world’s reliance on plastic. Our long-term ambition remains for all of our product packaging to be recyclable – which includes looking at opportunities to reduce hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and include more recycled content, so we have set an initial target of 80% by 2020.

There is more good news. As we have seen first-hand what a difference the funding provided by Eco Fund can make within our local habitats, we will continue to support these environmental projects through the funding provided by Eco Fund. As a community retailer, we are committed to protecting and promoting our islands’ ecosystems.

In 2018 we received 30 requests for funding from across both Islands and we were able to donate over £17,000 to 14 local charities and organisations.

Who we're helping in 2018

 Jersey

Name of project

Funds donated

Description of how funding will be used

Les Landes School Garden and wildlife garden

£500

To enhance the school’s nature garden with chickens and honey bees, helping to educate the children by encouraging and developing their experience outdoors through eco lessons.

Seedy Sunday

£500

To help promote and encourage islanders to save their seeds so they can be swapped with others at an event to be held in early 2019, local wild flower seeds will be stored by the National Trust for Jersey and used for wild meadow projects. All proceeds from the event will then be donated to Brightly to help develop the garden for the youngsters in their care.

Le Pre Arthur  Regeneration by Grouville Primary School

£1,000

The funding will be used to create a naturalistic, willow, bird hide overlooking the wettest part of the meadow and the pond. This will allow children to observe and record wildlife throughout the year.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

£500

The funds will be used towards advertising their BIGGEST Book sale, which is now in its 25th year. All funds raised from the event will go towards supporting the Guide Dogs for the Blind Jersey branch.

Jersey Marine Conservation Marine Breeding clean-up

£1,000

To purchase specialist equipment in order to safely and effectively remove rubbish and debris from coves along the coast and isolated parts of our reef system while they gather data on key marine species and habitats such as sea birds, seals and crustaceans.

Kitchen Garden Project

£500

To install a transparent composter at Samares School, which would allow the children to see how the composting process works for their science and outdoor learning.

Grainville school allotment

£500

To purchase equipment for the running and maintenance of an allotment which is attended weekly by various groups of students as well as for greenhouse repairs.

Bel Royal School Pond

£500

The Fund will be used to develop an environmentally and eco-friendly garden for the students of the school by refurbishing their existing pond.

 

Guernsey

Name of project

Funds donated

Description of how funding will be used

Vale Outdoor Classroom

£1,000

To transform a large area of tarmac at the back of the school hall into an inviting, peaceful learning environment for the pupils, with the children’s mental health and wellbeing being the focus.

Plastic Free Guernsey

£1,000

To help promote and raise awareness of Plastic Free Guernsey through local events to assist in reducing the use of plastic across the island such as single-use coffee cups, as well as providing educational materials for talks at local schools.

Removal of Sour Fig from Les Tielles, Guernsey

£990

The funds will be used to hire skips for volunteer working parties that are undertaking an active program to remove sour fig (a non-native, invasive species which smothers native plants and offers little in the food chain for insects, bees, butterflies and birds) from the Les Tielles cliff area.

Pick It Up Guernsey

£1,100

To purchase new generation portable ashtrays for distribution in Guernsey to tackle cigarette litter

Pick It Up Guernsey

£600

To purchase wombling kits to be donated to beach kiosks and other businesses to lend to customers to womble on the coastline in Guernsey. 

How we've helped previous projects

Find out more about the projects that we've helped - including Guernsey's GSPCA and a dolphin observation project in Jersey - by watching the videos below.  

The 2017 Eco Fund

The 2017 Eco Fund was able to support the following local recipients who received donations accordingly: 

Organisation / project Donation Island
St Peter's School £800 Jersey
The National Trust for Jersey £1,000 Jersey
Reusable nappy demo kits £390.16 Jersey
Squirrel bridge £350 Jersey
Oakward Patients Amenity Fund £1,000 Jersey
Birds on the Edge £2,000 Jersey
Guernsey Beekeeping Association £1,600 Guernsey
St Mary & St Michael Catholic Primary School £433 Guernsey
Alderney Wildlife Trust £1,128 Alderney
Guernsey Blind Association £1,600 Guernsey
La Hougette School £1,000 Guernsey
3rd Guernsey Scout Group £1,500 Guernsey
Acorn Reuse Centre £1,500 Jersey
Guernsey Pollinator Project  £1,000 Guernsey
iBats - Bat Conservation Society £1,500 Jersey