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Tesco Bags of Help for Next Stop Nature at Gerrards Cross railway station

Monday 25th June 2018

BBOWT volunteers and staff at Gerrards Cross railway station. Crediot Kate Sheard

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative so that more butterflies and other pollinators can enjoy the wild flower areas at Gerrards Cross railway station.

If we’re lucky enough to receive £4,000 it would give us the chance to get Bucks Buzzing and really make a big difference for wildlife and people in Gerrards Cross

The Tesco Bags of Help initiative awards grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from carrier bag sales – to local community projects. Three local groups have been shortlisted to receive the cash award, so shoppers are invited to head to Tesco stores and vote for the group they think should receive the top grant.

From Sunday 1 July to Saturday 25 August shoppers at two Tesco stores in south Buckinghamshire are invited to collect tokens at the till when they pay for their shopping, and vote in-store for the group they want to receive the top grant. When votes are collected the three local groups will be awarded funding.

The Tesco stores where people can vote for the Wildlife Trust’s Next Stop Nature scheme are: Tesco Superstore in Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross and the Tesco Esso Express store in Chalfont St Peter.

The Tesco Bags of Help grant will support the Wildlife Trust’s Next Stop Nature scheme, which is creating wildflower havens at Gerrards Cross railway station (see photo above), and involving local school children who will create a mural celebrating garden wildlife, especially bees and butterflies.

Kate Sheard, Community Wildlife Officer for Buckinghamshire who is leading the Next Stop Nature scheme explains: “The Wildlife Trust is part of the county-wide Bucks Buzzing campaign to encourage more people to grow flowers and plants that help to feed and support pollinating insects. The £1,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help will enable us to design information panels about Pollinators to be displayed at Gerrards Cross railway station. With £2,000 we will be able to complete the installation of the panels.

“If we’re lucky enough to receive the £4,000 grant it would give us the chance to get Bucks Buzzing and really make a big difference for wildlife and people in Gerrards Cross. We will work with a local primary school to create a beautiful mural showing how butterflies, bats and bees pollinate plants and give us food. This will complement the work that we are doing already at the station where last year we sowed wild flowers and created a pollinators’ paradise.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 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.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. More information here