Bags of Help bags benches

Thursday 30th March 2017

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Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has bagged £2000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

We’d like to say thank you to all of Tesco’s shoppers that voted for us.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £5000, £2000 and £1000, all raised from the 5p bag levy, being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month. Following voting by shoppers in local Tesco stores, the Trust has received £2000 to replace picnic benches used by visiting schoolchildren and families to their outdoor education centre at Lower Smite Farm.

Marissa Ryland, Engagement Officer for the Trust, explained “This is fantastic news!

“We welcome more than 3000 children and families to Lower Smite Farm each year and having the chance to have picnics outside is a really important part of what we do. Our wooden picnic benches were falling apart so we’ve now been able to replace them with ones made of recycled plastic bottles – great for our visitors and great for the environment!

“They’ll be great for schoolchildren now that spring has arrived and we’re really looking forward to using them during our Easter holidays event Life in Cold Blood.”

Outdoor education

Lower Smite Farm, situated between Worcester and Droitwich Spa, is the headquarters of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The working farm is also home to the Trust’s main outdoor education centre, meeting room and conference facilities.

Lower Smite Farm welcomes schools from across the county, has a monthly children’s club and hosts family events and activities throughout the year to encourage children to explore our natural world in greater detail.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said ““Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores from 1st December to 31st December with customers choosing their favourite of three projects to receive funding using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said “It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.

“It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

Funding is available to projects that bring benefits to their community will get the green light – from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to new equipment and hosting community events. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit

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