The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country calls for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Rare Marbled White Melanargia Galanthea

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

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and 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.

The Trust manage the Portway Hill Nature Reserve at Rowley Hills where scarce plants like the exotic Bee Orchid and the unusual Hare's Foot Clover can be found, as well as many important butterfly species and birds of prey such as Peregrines and Kestrels. The Trust want your support to provide opportunities for families to get outside and do some wild crafts, learn about local nature and wildlife and meet the team of experts responsible for the local nature reserves.

Tom Hartland Smith, Senior Conservation Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country said: ‘We’re really grateful to Tesco Bags of Help for this opportunity to help local families discover and explore the wild spaces on their doorstep. Rowley Hills is a fascinating place and we want more people to come out and enjoy it – please support us by voting for us with your Tesco Bags of Help token.’

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. 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:  “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. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project 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