Eco-fund donations help Channel Islands projects

Environmental projects in the Channel Islands are benefiting after being given £70,000 in donations.

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society's eco-fund has helped a number of projects in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney.

The eco-fund was set up in 2008 when the supermarket chain started charging 5p for carrier bags.

Since then, the Co-operative has donated £230,000 to environmental causes.

Jersey projects received £45,000 including the Marine Conservation Society, Jersey College for Girls, the Eco Active Sustainable Schools project, Trees for Life, The National Trust, the Jersey Bat Group, Haute Vallee School and Durrell Wildlife Conservation.

In Guernsey, about £25,000 was donated to The National Trust, Guernsey Environment Schools, Guernsey Botanical Trust, La Societe Guernesiaise, Trees for Life and Vale Junior school. Sustainable Alderney received £1,000 towards a seabed survey.

Jim Plumley, chief commercial officer, said: "We are delighted to assist those who freely give their time to helping their fellow islanders, in service to the community and in protecting our local environments.

"For those who were unsuccessful, I would encourage them to reapply next year and of course we hope to hear from new initiatives."

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