THE FRIENDS OF TOTON FIELDS, in partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council are 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 this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Friends of Toton Fields is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The project will make our local nature reserve at Toton Fields fully accessible to everyone in our community by improving pathways and access points. We also intend to improve wildlife habitats to encourage and attract a broader range of native plants and animals.
“We are a small community group with big ideas to improve our nature reserve. But we rely on grants to turn our ideas into reality. It is only with the generous support of organisations such as Tesco and their Bags of Help scheme that we are able to make our reserve a better place for both people and wildlife.” Norman Lewis MBE – Founder of Friends of Toton Fields.
“This is a fantastic initiative which will go a long way to help protect and enhance the environment for future generations and another example of how good partnership working between the Council and local groups can be of real benefit to the local community. I would urge all of our residents to vote for The Friends of Toton Fields group to help secure this welcome funding boost to make improvements in our Borough” added Councillor Shane Easom, Chair of the Leisure, Parks and Cemeteries Committee.
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.”
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