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Vote for us to get Bags of Help from Tesco

We're 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.

Between 31st October and 13th November 2016*, shoppers in the region will be asked to vote for one of three shortlisted environmental projects to take away the top grant of £12,000. The second and third place projects will receive £10,000 and £8,000 as part of the £12.5million giveaway, all raised from the 5p plastic bag levy.

Jayne Manley, Chief Executive of the Earth Trust explained: “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.”

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.”

Jayne added: “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.”

Voting is open between 31st October and 13th November* in Tesco stores in Didcot, Abingdon and Faringdon.

Bags of Help for Neptune Wood

*The original dates for this vote were 26th September - 9th October but it was postponed by Tesco.

updated: 21st September 2016