Lackford Lakes and Foxburrow Farm through to Bags of Help public vote

Wednesday 17th February 2016

Tesco shoppers to determine whether Suffolk Wildlife Trust projects are awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is asking shoppers to vote for community projects at two of its reserves after making it through to the final of a new initiative launched by Tesco.

The supermarket has teamed up with conservation group Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help campaign in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.

The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public will vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

In Suffolk, projects at Lackford Lakes and Foxburrow Farm have been selected to go forward to the public vote – with voting for Lackford taking place at the Bury St Edmunds store and voting for Foxburrow taking place at Martlesham.

Mike Andrews, the Trust’s visitor officer at Lackford Lakes, said the Bags of Help initiative would see a section of the site’s 850m Kingfisher trail resurfaced to improve access for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

In addition, if Tesco shoppers in Bury St Edmunds vote for Lackford Lakes to receive £10,000 or £12,000 the Trust will be able to resurface more of the path, replace a wooden bridge on the Kingfisher Trail and purchase a new mobility scooter.

Mike said: ““Lackford is a real wildlife oasis providing an opportunity to see birds, insects and mammals in close-up all year round – from kingfishers and dragonflies to the elusive otter.

"Now through the Bags of Help initiative we will be able to provide an all-weather path and, with the public’s support, a mobility scooter to allow even more people to enjoy it.”

Jenny Kent and Cathy Smith, education officers at Foxburrow Farm, said the Tesco-backed scheme would mean the Trust could restore three ponds, replace a pond-dipping platform and create a wild eating area.

Jenny said: “We get about 5,000 children visiting Foxburrow Farm every year with their school so securing funding from the Bags of Help initiative means we can make sure the site remains one of the best outside educational sites in the county – inspiring young people to learn about and love nature.”

Cathy added: “What we’re hoping now is that the public will support us and, in addition to the ponds, help us create a wildlife garden to give an extra element to the children’s education.

You can vote for Lackford by shopping at Tesco at St Saviours Interchange, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7JS

You can vote for Foxburrow by shopping at Tesco in Martlesham, Anson Rd, Ipswich IP5 3RU

For more information about Bags of Help