Foxburrow Farm and Lackford Lakes projects awarded £20,000 raised from Tesco carrier bag levy

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

We are delighted to announce that projects at two Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves have received a combined total of £20,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Following voting in Tesco stores across the county, a grant of £12,000 was awarded to projects at Foxburrow Farm and £8,000 to Lackford Lakes.

At Foxburrow Farm, the grant will be used to carry out the restoration of three ponds, purchase pond-dipping equipment and replace an old dipping platform.

In addition the project will expand and improve an existing wildlife garden – creating a raised vegetable garden to be used by the thousands of school children who regularly visit the site.

The £12,000 will also allow the Trust to build a pergola and additional picnic benches to give visitors a place to eat and shelter.

At Lackford the Bags of Help initiative will see a section of the site’s 850m Kingfisher trail resurfaced to improve access for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Matt Gaw, development officer at the Trust said: “We would like to say a huge thank to everyone who voted for us in Tesco stores as part of the Bags of Help initiative.

"This support means we can now start work on two exciting projects to make our nature reserves even better for visitors and wildlife.”

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life." 

Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.

"It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.
“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax.

"This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”