Plastic Bag Free Selkirk Wins Prestigious Award
7 October 2008

Plastic Bag Free Selkirk has won the prestigious award for Innovation in Environmental Improvement At the Scottish Borders Awards 2008

This Award, which was presented to Jenna Agate at the Awards Ceremony in Kelso on Friday 3 October, is a celebration of the commitment and effort that the whole of the Selkirk Community have put into the Plastic Bag Free campaign. The people of Selkirk, the traders and the shoppers, have fully embraced the idea of a plastic bag free town and this award is an affirmation of that support and an acknowledgement of their efforts to reduce the number of plastic bags used in the town.

Selkirk can be proud of the work it has done to create change in our environment and to protect the countryside. As a result there is a noticeable reduction in the amount of litter on our streets, in the hedgerows and in the river. Selkirk shoppers can be seen daily using and reusing their own shopping bags and the town centre is cleaner and tidier for it. Organisers of the campaign say that they are contacted regularly by other towns and villages from all over Scotland. From Oban to Hawick and Banchory to Berwick, people have heard of Selkirk’s campaign and are inspired to do something too to help their own environment.

The Award trophy, made by local sculptor Sam Wade, can be seen in the window of the Forest Bookstore in Selkirk Market Place. Selkirk Bags are on sale at The Forest Bookstore and Hinnigans