The alternate currency movement continues to pick up steam. Among the latest is the Stroud Pound being planned for Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK. -Editor Laurie Lee is to appear on the £5 banknote of a unique currency for the Five Valleys, which is to be called the Stroud Pound, it was revealed this week.
The project by Transition Stroud, which aims to help tackle the recession and cut carbon emissions, will allow shoppers to use special banknotes to buy goods and services from participating businesses.
Individuals, businesses and charities wanting to use the Stroud Pound will have to join a co-operative.
Members will be able to buy the new currency at one of several branches at a rate of one pound per unit in denominations of £1, £5, £10 and £20 at a later date.
The banknotes, which are currently at the prototype stage, will feature icons of the Stroud valleys, such as lawnmower inventor Edwin Beard Budding and the Gloucestershire old spot pig.
Organisers are continuing a drive to get 30 businesses, 100 individuals and several charities on board before unveiling the banknotes at the official currency launch on Saturday, September 12.
To read the complete article, see: Laurie Lee to appear on banknote for Stroud's own currency (http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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