The Bags of Help initiative

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 Bags of Help initiativeand £8,000 – all raised from the five pence bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

We have been chosen to receive one of these grants to help carry out vital restoration work to the Wildlife pond. The pond is used by visiting local schools and community groups, and in the spring and summer terms up to 10 classes a week use it as part of their sessions on lifecycles and habitats. Over 3,179 children have visited the wildlife area for educational visits and 1,561 of the general public in the last year.

However, the existing one is not longer fit for purpose. The pond liner is failing which has resulted in low water and oxygen levels, making it difficult for children to pond dip last summer.  In addition algal and bacterial blooms developed and this has affected the diversity of species living in the pond.

The new pond will address all these issues and will be shallower as this type of design makes for a better habitat for wildlife. It will also be open to the general public over the course of the year through events like family open days and free walks.