PUPILS in Walkerburn have bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Greenspace Scotland, and awards grants to thousands of local community projects every year.

Thousands of shoppers have voted in the Peebles branch of Tesco.

And it can now be revealed that the Walkerburn Primary School Outdoor Learning Project has been awarded £1,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Headteacher Keith Belleville is delighted. He told us: “We are delighted that the school and community of Walkerburn will benefit from this award, which will go a long way to helping us improve the outdoor facilities here at the school.

"The project is designed to help us to build an engaging outdoor space for the children of Walkerburn Primary School where they can play, learn and be inspired.

"We are very grateful to everyone who voted for our project and look forward to getting it underway.”

Voting ran in store throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the highest award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores.

"We look forward to seeing even more projects come to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.