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Tesco grant inspires Dundee youngsters to get learning outdoors

A Dundee-based project which helps young people learn about the environment, sustainability and food justice has received funding from Tesco.

The One World Centre was awarded £8,000 through the supermarket’s Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to award grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – to environmental and community projects across the UK.

The centre, in Princes Street, Dundee, uses the outdoors to help young people learn about complex issues - including where food comes from, who controls the supply of food globally and who has access to food - in a way that’s accessible and interactive.

The Tesco funding will be used to design and construct a mural which will complement a pallet garden now being developed at the YMCA in Broughty Ferry.

Neil Crutchley, global learning development worker, said: "Our aim is to inspire youngsters to take an interest in complex issues – including food justice, Fair Trade and food sustainability – by using the outdoors interactively.

"Young people will be involved in the design of the mural, which will be a visual representation of the city of Dundee from day to night.  

"We encourage youngsters from primary and secondary schools across the city to work together, so it’s a fantastic peer education opportunity. The garden will also be used by the community to explore ecological issues and sustainability, so it will benefit people of all ages.

"Our hope is that our activities inspire the young people to develop their own school gardens too.

"Tesco funding will help more young people get involved in the garden developments. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for us in store."

One World Centre is working in partnership with Broughty Ferry YMCA, Grove Academy and Eastern Primary School on the project. Youngsters from Eastern Primary will be involved in the next stage of the garden development.

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