Gatehouse wins Bags of Help award

The Gatehouse Development Initiative is delighted to have been awarded funding by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for its Cally Woods and Deer Park project.  We will use this funding to restore walls in the beautiful Cally Woods and Deer Park at Gatehouse of Fleet, making the woods a great place to visit.


Tesco has teamed up with Greenspace Scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative.  The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each  Tesco region in Scotland receiving awards of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000-all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups in each of Tesco's regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.  The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000
The Gatehouse Development Initiative has worked hard over the years to restore important features of Cally Woods, improve the approach to Gatehouse and maintain the paths, helping to make this a great place to visit.  This award will  help us to complete the restoration of the most visible walls.  It will provide lots of work for volunteers who will be clearing walls of ivy, fallen branches and other vegetation and creating habitat piles and ensuring that the paths along the popular walks are kept in good order.  Volunteers will all have the chance of participating in dry stone walling training days.  The initiative will also be producing information boards for display in the Mill on the Fleet to tell the story of dry stone walling and will produce a short video showing how the walls are constructed.

Please visit your Tesco store in Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas between 27 February and 6th March and vote for the Cally woods and Deer Park project