We are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Heart of England Forest is on the shortlist in Tesco stores in Barnt Green, Alcester, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Studley during November and December 2018.

Heart of England Forest Chief Executive, Beth Brook, said, “There is a lot of evidence that shows getting active outdoors in green spaces can help to improve people’s wellbeing. We have applied for funding to install waymarked circular nature trails in the Heart of England Forest in Spernal Park, of different lengths for children and adults. We would also like to provide both led and self-guided activities including treasure hunts and Forest fun days. The amount of funding that we will get from the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme depends on the number of votes that we receive, so if you shop in any of those stores then please do vote for the Heart of England Forest. Thank you.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. 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 Britain 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. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Voting is open in Tesco stores in Barnt Green, Alcester, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Studley during November and December 2018 – please use your token to vote for the Heart of England Forest and help us to secure vital funding to increase access to the Heart of England Forest.

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