Bradfied Woods project through to public vote at Tesco

Monday 15th May 2017

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

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help scheme, which see grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community 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.

In Suffolk, a projects at the Trust’s Bradfield Woods nature reserve has been selected to go forward to the public vote that runs from this week, through to June.

Joanne Atkins, Woodland Education Ranger at Bradfield Woods, said the Bags of Help initiative would see the building of a new green wood working shelter to be used by schools and visitors.

In addition, if Tesco shoppers vote for the project to receive the top amount, the Trust would be able to invest in new woodworking tools and pay to put on an introductory class.

Joanne said: “Bradfield Woods is an amazing wildlife reserve that provides vital habitat for birds, invertebrates and mammals such as dormice. But also it is an important cultural space, with a history of wood working and coppicing that stretches back at least 800 years.

“By creating a new green woodworking shelter in the woods, we will be able to learn traditional crafts while also gaining a deeper understanding of this beautiful wood.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. 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:
“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.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Voting will be taking place at the following stores:

BURY ST ED CRNHIL EXP IP33 1DY
BURY ST EDMUNDS IP32 7JS
HORRINGER BURY ST EXP IP33 2DF
LAWSON PL BURY ST EXP IP32 7EW