FG Promoting Public-Private Investments in Cold Chain Sector to Reduce Post-Harvest Losses – THISDAYLIVE

•Marz: At €346m in 2021, Nigeria is largest investor in food, packaging technology in Africa

Dike Onwuamaeze

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Niyi Adebayo, has announced that the federal government has been encouraging public-private partnership and investments that would provide lasting solutions to cold chain challenges in Nigeria in order to reduce post-harvest losses of food and vegetables. 

Adebayo made this known yesterday in Lagos, when he delivered the keynote address at the 5th West African Cold Chain Summit and Exhibition (WACCSE 2023), that was organised by the Organisation for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa (OTACCWA) and partners.

The WACCSE was held in conjunction with Nigeria’s 8th International Trade Exhibition on Agrofood, Plastics, Printing and Packaging Nigeria 2023 that would run between March 28 and March 30.

He stated that government was investing heavily to close the energy gap in order to build a sustainable cold chain network in Nigeria and Africa.

The minister said: “Additionally, government is encouraging public-private partnerships, to find lasting solutions to cold chain challenges in Nigeria and African trade. This summit is a required catalyst for change, as a great opportunity to bring together critical stakeholders and professionals, showcase the latest capabilities of the global supply chain and allied industries, as well as proffer thought leadership for sustainable solutions provision.

“Government will continue to encourage innovative strategies in the main sub-sectors that constitute cold chains, in order to mitigate the several detrimental economic and environmental effects.

“We encourage stakeholders to invest in the cold chain sector, which can be highly profitable and reap from the economic benefits which abound.

“We are optimistic that if the public and the private sectors work together to uplift the cold chain industries to international standards, it would assist in the diversification of the Nigeria economy, improve job and wealth creation, enhance infrastructural development and technological innovations in the overall interest of the Nigerian and African economy.”

Adebayo said post-harvest losses had been identified as one of the major problems facing the agricultural sector in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan African.

He said: “You will agree with me that output from this cold chain submit and exhibition is auspicious for the wellbeing of Nigeria and African; with its goal of finding solution to post harvest losses (PHL) in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa,

“Recent studies report PHL data as high as 60 per cent, especially for food and vegetables; resulting in low income for the producers and high price points for the produce. 

“Globally, perishable commodities are made sustainable through efficient management of cold chains (CC), which plays a significant part in modern global perishable industries as it impacts on storage, transportation and distribution, related services and to ensure low cost.”

The President of OTACCWA, Mr. Alexander Isong, said his organisation has been able to make strides in focusing the government and the country on the need to develop the cold chain industry, which would have domino and multiplier effect on the economy.

Isong said: “Cold chain has the characteristics to grow the economy and all the developed and thriving economies of the world have gotten cold chain right.”

Delivering the welcome address at the opening event of Nigeria’s 8th International Trade Exhibition on Agrofood, Plastics, Printing and Packaging Nigeria 2023, the Managing Director of Fairtrade Messe, Mr. Paul Maerz, said that global technology leaders from 17 countries were assembled in Nigeria to showcase adapted technologies and solutions for the Nigerian and West African market in the fields of agriculture, food, beverage processing, ingredients, plastics, printing and packaging.

Maerz said these exhibitors came from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, France, India, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Türkiye, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the USA.

He said for the first time the MFI Awards would be hosted alongside Agrofood and Plastprintpack and WACCSE 2023.

According to him, the MFI Awards Ceremony was co-sponsored by the MFI Micronutrient Fortification Index and powered by TechnoServe via a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored initiative, the Technical Assistance Accelerator Program.

He said: “To highlight the importance of the Nigerian market, I would like to mention some figures: with €346 million in 2021, Nigeria is the largest investor in food and packaging technology in Africa, ahead of Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco and all other African countries.

“With €165 million in 2021, Nigeria is the second largest importer of plastics technology in Sub-Sahara Africa, just behind Egpyt (€202m) and well ahead of South Africa. While Nigeria’s plastics technology import increased averagely by 25 per cent per year between 2016 and 2020.

“At €50 million in 2020, Nigeria ranks second in sub-Saharan Africa for imports of printing and paper technology, behind Egypt, but well ahead of other African countries.

“With €151 million in 2021, Nigeria is among the three largest investors in packaging technology in Africa, in line with South Africa and behind Egypt, ahead of Algeria, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya.

“The enormous population growth from 206 million in 2022 to 411 million in 2050 demands high sustainable investments in Nigeria’s agrofood and plastprintpack industry.

“The figures underline the importance of the Nigeria agrofood & plastprintpack market.”

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We tested this year’s luxury Easter eggs – the winning brand will save you serious cash

Planning to splash out on a posh egg this Easter?

From Green & Blacks for a fiver to a 4kg egg costing £89.95, which luxury Easter egg offers the best value for money and passes the taste test?

Which egg is the best value for money? Not the one you'd think


Which egg is the best value for money? Not the one you’d think

To compare properly, consumer expert Martyn James recommends checking how much the egg weighs so you know how much chocolate you’re getting for your money.

“A lot of eggs are mostly air surrounded by a thin layer of chocolate,” he says.

“Make sure you know what you’re getting so you are not left disappointed on Easter Sunday.”

Lynsey Hope, 41, from West Malling, Kent, has done the hard work for you, putting the poshest eggs to the test. Here’s her verdict.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunky Egg (400g)

  • £12, cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk
  • £3 per 100g
Extra thick: For Dairy Milk lovers, this absolutely delicious egg is the one for you


Extra thick: For Dairy Milk lovers, this absolutely delicious egg is the one for youCredit: Gary Stone

Most of you will know what Cadbury chocolate tastes like and if you like it, you can’t go wrong with this.

The chocolate egg is deliciously thick and comes with extra Dairy Milk chunks.

I’d be super happy if the Easter bunny brought me this on Easter morning. I absolutely loved it.

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 10/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 9/10
  • OVERALL SCORE: 10/10

Love Cocoa Luxury Marbled Salted Caramel Egg (325g)

  • lovecocoa.com, £25
  • £7.69 per 100g
If you care about the planet and want a sustainably made egg, try Love Cocoa


If you care about the planet and want a sustainably made egg, try Love CocoaCredit: Gary Stone

One for the eco-conscious among us, this brand is green but expensive.

The chocolate is made using sustainably sourced palm oil-free cocoa and it was delicious, with just the right balance of sweet and saltiness.

It comes with the brand’s rich, gooey, salted caramel truffles and it’s packaged beautifully.

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 5/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 7/10

Guylian Milk Chocolate Egg with 12 Original Praline Seahorses (306g)

  • £10, morrisons.com
  • £3.27 per 100g
Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from Guylian doesn't disappoint


Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from Guylian doesn’t disappointCredit: Gary Stone

Tucking into this it’s not hard to see why Guylian is considered one of the most luxurious chocolate brands in the world.

Available from Morrisons, this egg is made with Belgian chocolate and the seahorses are filled with a delicious hazelnut praline.

The chocolate melts in your mouth and it’s better value per 100g than Lindt, Divine and M&S which made me enjoy it all the more.

  • TASTE: 8/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 5/10

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Egg with Creamy Truffles (260g)

  • £7, morrisons.com
  • £2.69 per 100g
It's not Terry's, it's mine...although you might be better off with a chocolate orange


It’s not Terry’s, it’s mine…although you might be better off with a chocolate orangeCredit: Gary Stone

A very traditional diamond-patterned egg which comes wrapped in the distinctive Chocolate Orange foil.

As you’d expect, it’s the same flavour as the traditional Chocolate Orange but the chocolate is thinner and it loses something as a result.

The truffles it comes with are lovely though and you get a generous 11 of them included.

  • TASTE: 6/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 5/10

Hotel Chocolat Extra Thick Easter Egg – You Crack Me Up (395g)

  • £30, hotelchocolat.com
  • £7.59 per 100g
A tough egg to crack but worth the effort for this double-sided egg


A tough egg to crack but worth the effort for this double-sided eggCredit: Gary Stone

If you’re looking for something seriously sweet, this extra thick egg could be the one for you.

Crack into one side and you’ll find creamy caramel white chocolate and in the other, you’ll get a mouthful of 40 per cent milk chocolate.

It takes some effort to break this egg, but once you get in it’s delicious – the very epitome of Easter indulgence.

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 7/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 9/10

Thorntons Continental Chocolate Easter Egg (257g)

  • £8, tesco.com
  • £3.11 per 100g
These yummy chocolates beat the egg for tastiness


These yummy chocolates beat the egg for tastinessCredit: Gary Stone

This smooth milk chocolate Thorntons egg is decorated with white and dark chocolate swirls and comes with a selection box of eight truffles including Salted Caramel and Sicilian Mousse.

I found the egg quite rich and could only have a couple of bites before putting it back in the box but the chocolates were yummy.

Prices vary but you can find Thorntons eggs for a good price at some supermarkets including Tesco.

  • TASTE: 7/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 6/10

Lindor Blood Orange Easter Egg (260g)

  • £9, tesco.com
  • £3.46 per 100g
Classic Lindor, this egg got the right balance of lovely chocolate and a hint of orange


Classic Lindor, this egg got the right balance of lovely chocolate and a hint of orangeCredit: Gary Stone

The best thing about this egg was the orange truffles that came with it.

They were delicate, creamy and rich with just the right hint of orange.

Both the truffles and the egg had a lovely orange aroma – truly delicious – and good value compared to other luxury brands.

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 10/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 8/10

Divine Luxury 70% Dark Chocolate Easter Egg (260g)

  • £8, ocado.com
  • £3.08 per 100g
This chocolate egg is available at Ocado


This chocolate egg is available at OcadoCredit: Gary Stone

Suitable for vegans, this egg is a good size and comes with some mini dark chocolate eggs.

The bitter dark chocolate tasted almost healthy and while it’s far better than many of the others, the egg alone still contains 26.9g of sugar and 46.3g of fat.

It’s made using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar and is palm oil-free though you do have to pay for those credentials.

  • TASTE: 6/10
  • VALUE: 4/10

M&S Handcrafted Golden Blond Egg (300g)

  • £12, ocado.com
  • £4 per 100g
M&S offers a tall blond egg with a lovely snap as you break off pieces to munch on


M&S offers a tall blond egg with a lovely snap as you break off pieces to munch onCredit: Gary Stone

This tall golden blond egg is a rich caramel colour, with smooth chocolate and a lovely snap as you break bits off.

I found it incredibly moreish and it comes with cocoa dusted milk chocolate mini eggs filled with an indulgent chocolate ganache.

In terms of value, it’s not too bad. You are paying around £4 for 100g of chocolate but it did feel luxurious and would make a lovely gift.”

  • TASTE: 10/10
  • VALUE: 9/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 10/10
  • OVERALL SCORE: 10/10

Cocoba Giant Milk Chocolate Easter Egg (4kg)

  • £89.95, cocobachocolate.com
  • £2.25 per 100g
The huge Easter egg sets you back £90, but it's a showstopper and will last you ages


The huge Easter egg sets you back £90, but it’s a showstopper and will last you agesCredit: Gary Stone

Well this is definitely a showstopper and is easily the biggest egg I’ve ever seen.

It’s incredibly expensive – nearly £90 – but I was surprised to find you are actually getting great value for exquisite, good chocolate here.

Not many of us can afford to spend this much on an egg but if you can, it won’t disappoint and should last you ages.

Instead of buying tons of eggs for the family just buy this one and share it together?”

  • TASTE: 9/10
  • VALUE: 10/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 10/10

Green and Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate Egg (165g)

  • £5, waitrose.com
  • £3.04 per 100g
Green & Blacks fans will love this chocolate egg


Green & Blacks fans will love this chocolate eggCredit: Gary Stone

A bitter, dark chocolate egg with 70% cocoa. There’s nothing in the box other than the egg so it’s a tad boring for me.

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Dark chocolate isn’t my favourite but Green & Blacks fans will love this.

  • TASTE: 7/10
  • VALUE: 8/10
  • WOW FACTOR: 4/10

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Gloss-ip: The Launch of Bewley’s Café Femenino

Anna Daly, Michele McGrath, Dr Clodagh Campbell, Kara Heriot, Teo Sutra and her daughter Lili Rose were among the guests who gathered for a colourful breakfast celebrating Peruvian women in Avoca, Suffolk Street, Dublin.

The occasion was a special partnership, that of Bewley’s Café Femenino, a single origin speciality grade Fairtrade organic coffee that supports and empowers female farmers and their rural communities around the globe.

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I’m a supersaver – the 7 products you should always buy at M&S, they cost more than 25% less than the ‘real’ deal

MARKS & SPENCER is probably the last store to come to mind when it comes to grocery shopping on a budget.

But according to Kathryn Leech, better known to her 20.2k fans on TikTok as @katsaves, the popular high street retailer offers various buys that are cheaper than elsewhere, rival Asda included.

Marks & Spencer may not be your first choice for a budget shop, but according to one whizz, the store offers heaps of bargains


Marks & Spencer may not be your first choice for a budget shop, but according to one whizz, the store offers heaps of bargainsCredit: Getty
According to Kathryn, M&S eggs are cheaper than the same pack at Aldi where they retail for 19p more


According to Kathryn, M&S eggs are cheaper than the same pack at Aldi where they retail for 19p moreCredit: Kathryn Leech

To make sure cash-strapped Britons don’t waste their money unnecessarily, Kathryn chatted exclusively to Fabulous and shared her top recommendations.

These are SEVEN products that M&S Food actually sell cheaper than anywhere else… Yes, really! 


”A box of 6 mixed size eggs from M&S come in at only £1!” said Kathryn.

”This beats every other supermarket by far as even Aldi’s cheapest 6 pack is £1.19.

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Waitrose comes in third place at a surprising £1.25, and The Co-op comes in last with their cheapest 6 pack at a whopping £1.55!”

Bran Flakes

If Bran Flakes is your go-to choice of breakfast, then best get heading to the nearest Marks & Spencer – according to the shopper, this is where you can nab the best bargains.

”A 500g box of own brand Bran Flakes comes in at just 75p, beating Asda’s own brand at 95p.

”Both Tesco and Aldi also have boxes for 95p, although these are slightly larger at 750g.”


No morning cuppa is complete without a spoonful of sugar – and it seems like Marks & Spencer cares for tea-loving Britons.

Kathryn noted: ”A standard 1kg bag of granulated sugar is only 95p in M&S, beating the competition yet again.

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”Aldi have their 1kg bags at 99p, and the same goes for Tesco and Waitrose. Whereas the same product in Asda comes to £1.19!”


The savvy shopper said: ”Milk is actually one thing that is exactly the same price in every major supermarket.

”With 2 pints currently at £1.30 and 4 pints at £1.65, if you need to pop to the shop for milk at the last minute, check out M&S as it’s the same price as the budget supermarkets, and all their M&S Selected Farms milk is RSPCA Assured.”

Custard Creams

Just as essential to any Brit’s diet are biscuits to go with the afternoon tea – and again, Marks & Spencer wins with the best deal.

”M&S custard creams only come in at 30p per 150g packet, making it the cheapest single packet on the market.

”Other supermarkets sell custard creams in slightly larger quantities for a higher price such as Asda’s version at 65p and at Aldi they’re 41p.

”Not to mention The Co-op with their eye-watering cheapest packet sold at £1.05! Probably best to stick to the smaller option in M&S.”

No cup of tea is complete without custard creams - and M&S offers the cheapest deal


No cup of tea is complete without custard creams – and M&S offers the cheapest dealCredit: Kathryn Leech


Where possible, Kathryn recommended ditching the plastic packaging – not only will you save cash, but it’s also a better pick for the environment and the ongoing climate crisis.

”Buying loose bananas is often cheaper than buying them in plastic packaging and M&S come out on top again as they sell their fairtrade loose bananas at just 89p per kilo, compared to Aldi, Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose who all have theirs at 90p per kilo.

”Every penny counts!”


”At just 50p per kilo, M&S boast about their 1kg bag of carrots as a ‘sweet and crunchy’ ingredient for family-favourite dinners.

”Carrots are also one of the staple products that seem to be the same price in every supermarket.”

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The money supersaver added: ”Next time you find yourself in an M&S Food, have a look at their ReMARKSable range for their lowest priced products, which often beat even the cheapest supermarkets value ranges.

”Just don’t be tempted by the Percy Pigs they strategically place at eye-level as you walk in!” Kathryn chuckled.

Kathryn’s five tips to help you slash the bill

  1. Shop the reduced section

These are often products that are going out of date but that doesn’t mean they’re bad quality! You can find quite a few great bargains in the reduced section.  

  1. Use Scan and Go 

If your supermarket has one, use it! This helps you to keep track of your spending as you go and means there’ll be no surprises at the checkout. You can also remove things if you change your mind. 

  1. Bigger pack, better value

Make sure you check out the price label on the shelf as often a bigger pack is better value for money than a smaller one. Do this for products that have a long sell by date such as tea bags, saving you money in the long term. 

  1. Shop own brand

Own brands are always cheaper than branded ones. Sometimes the own brand products are actually the same as a branded version, it’s just in different packaging. Have a look at the ingredients and see for yourself. 

  1. Get the app

Every supermarket has their own app and I’d urge you to get every single one. You get personalised offers, discounts and coupons, helping to slash that food bill.

Compared to Bran Flakes at M&S, Asda's own version retails for 20p more


Compared to Bran Flakes at M&S, Asda’s own version retails for 20p moreCredit: Kathryn Leech

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Cane farmers urged to use fertilizers wisely – FBC News

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Cane farmers have been reminded to use fertilizers on time during this cane planting season.

Sugar Research Institute scientist Renil Kumar says fertilizers should be used first before farmers plant new cane rows.

Kumar says a second round of fertilizer must be used after four weeks for the new cane to grow well.

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According to the scientist, farmers can receive their fertilizer supply by placing their orders at Fiji Sugar Cane Corporation sector offices or FSC directly.

Meanwhile, Sugar Cane Growers Council Chief Executive Vimal Dutt has emphasized that cane farmers must plant new cane in their vacant land, if available.

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Hospital workers branching out as league of friends stock coffee for ‘tired mums’

From left, League of Friends charity administrator Yasmin Heath with Laura Peill and Gemma Brett, Tired Mums Coffee founders
From left, League of Friends charity administrator Yasmin Heath with Laura Peill and Gemma Brett, Tired Mums Coffee founders

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s League of Friends Shop will be selling blends from the Tired Mums Coffee company.

The business was set up by Laura Peill and Gemma Brett, whose paths first crossed during their NHS careers.

One day, over a conversation in a soft play centre with coffees in hand, the concept of Tired Mums Coffee was born.

The two mums have both worked at RJAH, near Oswestry, for many years.

Laura said: “We feel really privileged to play our part in supporting mums and enhancing the motherhood experience.

“Our research has found that service provisions have changed post-Covid, and that there is an increasing call for focus on maternal wellbeing to support those in need.

“We have a duty to help other mums if we can, this gig is a tough one for all of us.”

Gemma said: “Working at RJAH means we see first-hand the amazing ways in which the Friends charity supports the hospital, we’re really pleased that our coffee is now stocked at their on-site shop.”

Victoria Sugden, charity director for the Friends, said: “We’re so happy to be stocking Tired Mums Coffee in our shop and supporting a local brand which is not only innovative but has great core values.

“We wish Laura and Gemma every success with their business!”

The speciality grade coffee is Fairtrade and the decaf option is mountain water-washed.

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‘The support means we can have a bigger impact’

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As applications open for the Co-op Community Fund spring payments, two previous beneficiaries explain how the money has enhanced their eco projects

THE Co-op Community Fund provides extra help to charities, causes and community groups, helping them to continue their invaluable work in our islands’ communities.

  • The fund is open to community, charity or eco projects in these key areas:
  • Preserving the local environment.
  • Social inclusion and accessibility.
  • Supporting the ageing population.
  • Inspiring the next generation and education.
  • Supporting local and Fairtrade.

It is important that projects benefit our local community, and applicants must be based in the Channel Islands.

The spring application deadline for the next round of funding is 30 April 2023.

Over £80,000 was donated in 2022 to 74 causes in Jersey and Guernsey.



Case study 1: Nature Base: Sophie Moulson, outdoor practitioner and Forest School lead

Pop-up Nature Play in the Park: To run free ‘pop-up’ nature play/Forest School sessions in Millbrook Park woodland enabling families to cultivate positive nature connection, holistic wellbeing and healthy child development. Funding will be used for the Forest School explorer pack, a resource planning pack supporting exploration and imaginative outdoor play with social and communication skills.

Amount donated: £2,238.

What inspired you to create pop-up nature-based events?

Sophie: A very long time ago, I watched a television show called Secret Millionaire, in which he visited a group which was running pop-up community gardening sessions on various estates, working with the council to use the little areas of green space. I really loved this idea and I still do.

The idea of pop-up came from there and we hope to pop up in various places to make accessing nature play and Forest School easier. The vision for using the woodland at Coronation Park came from the launch event of the Government of Jersey’s 50 Things To Do app and Children’s Day.

I was involved in both of these and heard many parents talking about the benefits of attending events like these for free. I knew I wanted to run sessions in the woodland and that they would have to be free so that people could walk over and join in easily, so I met with Parks and Gardens to share the vision and then applied to the Co-operative Community Fund to see if I could get some funding. We hope to find more longer-term funding to continue these sessions for free.


How have the sessions been received in the community?

Sophie: I had set a limit on numbers and allowed for walkovers from people in the park. Very quickly I increased the numbers due to demand, something I had to do again and again, trying to accommodate as many children and their parents/grandparents/carers as we could.

With 40 tickets going every week – and more than 70 children and their families joining us on Valentine’s Day – it’s safe to say the sessions have been a real hit. As you look around the group, you see the adults sitting on the logs having the time to just be, and of course coming alongside their little one and playing.

Grandparents come along while they are looking after their grandchildren and absolute love being outdoors. It is a very special time. People who use the park have also been really interested in what we are doing and so supportive.

What does the future hold for Nature Base?

Sophie: I am currently running a range of wellbeing and nature play sessions for ages from babies through to primary-school pupils, young people and parents/carers. Nature Base is really growing and I am very much reflecting on the feedback and what the demands are, listening and observing the children and families to continue to shape what is on offer in the future.

How has the Co-op Community Fund helped Nature Base?

Sophie: It has been amazing, as it gave us the funding to step out and try something new. This has supported children’s early development in a range of ways. It has been especially well received by families whose children have additional needs like ADHD or autism. The sessions have supported overall family wellbeing, offering times of fun and connection for them with one another and, of course, with nature, while helping them to appreciate our Island’s natural beauty in the park.

It’s created a sense of community really quickly, with many families staying around to sit and chat and have food together (even in the cold windy winter) and then going on to have a play on the park equipment. It has been received and gone better than expected, so I am very thankful for the support and so are the families attending.


Case study 2: Plastic Free Jersey: Sheena Brockie

With funding from the Co-op Community Fund, Plastic Free Jersey has created 12 Community Beach Clean Boxes, with one being gifted to every parish.

What inspired you to create the Community Beach Clean Boxes?

Sheena: As a regular walker, I often see litter when I am out walking and I pick it up along the way. Much of the litter we find on the beaches in Jersey comes from litter lost on the streets, which gets washed down the nearest drain when it rains, and out to sea – to land back on our beaches.

Plastic Free Jersey wasg iven a beach-clean box by Surfers Against Sewage many years ago, which we use for organised beach cleans, but we can’t run them every day. I wanted to find a way of empowering as many people as possible to get out there and help keep Jersey beautiful – and this was the idea that came to mind.

How are the boxes accessed?

Sheena: Whether you are an individual, family, business, school or community group – it doesn’t matter who you are, or what you represent – the beach-clean boxes are available for the whole community to use. The parish halls are managing the process, so please call or email them directly to make the request.

Each beach-clean box holds four buckets, three recycled tubs, hand sanitiser, first-aid kit, sharps box and 20 pairs of gloves in various sizes from small to extra-large.

How else can Islanders get involved with Plastic Free Jersey?

Sheena: Another project we are working on right now is #Refilljersey as part of the #refillrevolution.

Plastic Free Jersey and Jersey Water have launched the Refill app in Jersey. Refill is an award-winning campaign from City to Sea to help people live with less plastic. Anyone can download the free app to tap into a global network of places to reduce, reuse and refill. From identifying free tap-water refills to places where you can take your reusable cup when buying a hot drink, lunch on the go and even plastic-free shopping Refill puts the power to go packaging-free at your fingertips.

If you are an individual, please do download the app from refill.org.uk. Businesses can contact us at hello@plasticfreejersey.com and we’ll get you set up on the app (it’s free and easy) and we’ll deliver posters and stickers to you to help promote the campaign. The app can be used globally – last year I used it in both Paris and Rome – so it is worth downloading for home and holiday use.

We are also excited to talk about our Potty Eco Pots and Reuse mugs campaign under which cafés are stocking gifted, reusable mugs that people can take instead of buying a single-use cup. Find out more at facebook.com/pottyecopots.

How has the Coop’s Community Fund helped Plastic Free Jersey?

Sheena: Plastic Free Jersey is a not-for-profit business whose only income comes from working with businesses such as Co-op and Jersey Water on specific projects. The external support means that we can have a much bigger impact and reach many more people, and we are grateful to be in a position to do that.

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