Garden centre plastic bag tax goes to hospice gardens

Greenfingers asks where is your 5p plastic bag tax going after British Garden Centres and Homebase donate to fund children's hospice gardens.

Phillippa Stubbs (British Garden Centres) and Linda Petrons (Greenfingers)
Phillippa Stubbs (British Garden Centres) and Linda Petrons (Greenfingers)
Greenfingers charity, which builds gardens in hospices around the country, has recently
received a cheque from the British Garden Centres Group to start the funding for a wheelchair
accessible garden space at St Andrews Hospice, Grimsby, Lincolnshire after BCG raised £2,300 through the carrier bag tax.
The Government tax came in during October 2015. More than seven billion carrier bags were issued by seven main retailers in 2014, falling to just over half a billion in the first six months of the 5p charge. Squire's and Homebase have also given bag tax proceeds to the charity.
Greenfingers fundraising head Linda Petrons said: "I understand that this cheque of £2,300 was collected from more than a hundred thousand 5ps collected as carrier bag tax levy and long may it continue. I am also delighted to understand that with the right sort of signage at your tills this simple act can turn all begrudging customers paying for carrier bags into positive supporters of your outlets and your charitable motives."
Using the carrier bag tax has also been used by Homebase to raise money to help build the Greenfingers courtyard garden at Keech Hospice, Luton, Bedfordshire. The Homebase team have been raising funds in this way for a couple of years and have so far donated more than £60,000 towards the build that has just been completed by designer Adam Frost and landscaper Jody Lidgard and his team from Bespoke Outdoor Spaces.
The Greenfingers Charity garden at Keech Hospice, Luton is due to be officially opened by Frost in the summer.
Retailers must submit records on the dedicated reporting website on or before 31 May following the end of the reporting year. For example, for the period 7 April 2016 to 6 April 2017 you must have recorded your details on the website by 31 May 2017.
Garden retailers who would like to donate their carrier bag tax to Greenfingers Charity can obtain
artwork for explanatory signage from linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.

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