Vote for us in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative

Thursday 20th October 2016

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award. And from next month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is one of the groups on the shortlist and is involved in two projects in the running:

The Trust’s Centre of the Earth in Winson Green is in line to receive one of these grants. The funding will pay for school visits, natural fencing and renovating the pond at this inner-city environmental education centre.

And the Trust’s Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve is also set to benefit. We will be working the Friends of Moseley Bog to create a new children’s trail and repair pathways at this beautiful site.

Gareth Morgan, People and Wildlife Manager for the Trust, says: “These grants will make a real difference to our valuable wildlife sites and help people to get closer to nature. We are really grateful to Tesco and its customers for supporting these important projects.”

Voting is open in stores from 31st October – 13th November. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

"We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas. We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Editors' notes

• 1,248 organisations from Tesco’s 416 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.
• The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
• More than 2,800 groups up and down the country applied for grants from the scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions.
• For more information please visit: http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.