Woodland helped by Tesco

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Hanley Dingle (c) Steve BloomfieldHanley Dingle (c) Steve Bloomfield

Wildlife, volunteers and visitors to two Worcestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserves have been given a boost by Tesco Bags of Help.

Volunteers being chainsaw trainedPennels Bank Wood and Hanley Dingle, in the Teme Valley , are wonderful woodland havens that offer a rich habitat for a host of wildlife. Thanks to the £4000 grant, volunteers are now better equipped to help wildlife on the two reserves and visitors will get a better welcome.

The grant has provided funding for a series of chainsaw and brushcutter training sessions for volunteers to better enable them to manage the nature reserves for wildlife. Protective clothing has also been purchased.

A new welcome sign has been designed and produced to help visitors get the most from their visit to these remote nature reserves near Tenbury Wells.

Thank you to Tesco

Dominique Cragg, conservation officer for the Trust, explained “We’d like to say a big thank you to Tesco shoppers that voted for us and to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

“More than 200 species of plants have been recorded at these two small reserves but for some time now we’ve needed to create more open space along the paths. This edge habitat is really important for wildflowers, butterflies and other insects as well as improving the access for visitors.

“All our nature reserves are cared for on a day-to-day basis by volunteers from the local areas. We’ve now been able to train several volunteers who will be able to help us manage Hanley Dingle and Pennels Bank Wood for wildlife.

“Of course, it’s been really important to us to be able to provide signage at the entrance to the reserve in order to help visitors navigate their way along the wildlife trail and to discover what they may see on their walk.”

The reserves cover 80 acres with several steep paths. Minimal intervention has resulted in lots of dead timber, a vital component of the rich and varied wildlife found there. The woodlands have good collections of fungi, mosses and ferns.

The Bags of Help initiative is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and awards grants to thousands of local community projects each year through money raised from the sale of carrier bags. Shoppers in Tesco stores vote for their favourite projects.

More than 13,000 local community projects have been helped through the Bags of Help scheme since it started in 2015. Tesco has donated over £48,000,000 to fund great causes across England, Scotland and Wales.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects; anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply on online.   

Hanley Dingle welcome sign