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Bags of Help

Neptune Wood is getting Bags of Help from Tesco!

Bags of Help for Neptune Wood

Earth Trust is recieving an incredible £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to help make Neptune Wood more accessible for all.

Between 31st October and 13th November 2016, Earth Trust was bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, in order to help make our community woodland, Neptune Wood, more accessible for young families and the disabled. Thanks to votes from shoppers in Abingdon, Didcot and Faringdon, Earth Trust was awarded a grant of £10,000, raised from the 5p plastic bag levy.

Neptune Wood - a gateway to nature for all
Path into Neptune Wood

Neptune Wood was planted in 2005 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. It’s now grown into a wonderful community woodland that includes an open, grassy area dotted with living willow sculptures, which is perfect for picnics and playing. Ten years on it’s time to give Neptune Wood some TLC! The money will be used to make the site more wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and to install informal seating to assist our older and less mobile visitors, who often find it difficult to access and enjoy greenspaces.

The Battle of Trafalgar victory under Lord Nelson’s leadership is a fantastic story that is told at Neptune Wood, through the trees that would have been used to build the amazing ships that enabled this British victory. We’ll also improve the signs and notice boards and introduce new nature trails that will bring this timber trail to life if we secure the top level of funding.

Neptune Wood is a free to access, safe, local amenity that offers a huge number of benefits to the residents of South Oxfordshire, and this funding will help us encourage everyone to come and explore.

Phase 1

The first part of the project is carry out some much needed repairs to the car park. The car park will be closed for resurfacing from Monday 31st July 2017 for approximately two weeks; we apologise for any inconvenience. The material being used to resurface the car park is coming from the recently demolished building at Thrupp Lake! The wood and adjacent meadow will remain open and can be accessed via the footpaths from Long Wittenham, Little Wittenham and the Earth Trust Centre. If you intend to visit during this time, please do not park in the laybys on Little Wittenham Road as this could obstruct traffic.

Open area at Neptune Wood

Bags of Help:  where your 5p goes

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which awards the grants to environmental and greenspace projects in each of the supermarket’s 416 regions.

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.”