Froglife is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative,
which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag
levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the
And this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote
for who they think should take away the top grant.
Froglife is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Froglife will be working with the local community and Leicester City Council
to create and improve amphibian ponds, meadows and woodland to benefit
people and wildlife on Castle Hill Country Park in Leicester.
Castle Hill Country Park, is situated on the North West edge of the City of
Leicester, and bordered by four villages: Beaumont Leys, Anstey, Cropston and
Thurcaston. The park attracts visitors from near and far with its diverse
landscape of ponds, floodplain meadows, damp grassland, ditches, ancient
hedgerows and broadleaved woodlands, all of which are priority habitats for a
range of species. Part of the site is an ancient monument with medieval
earthworks and a monastic fish pond.
The proposed works to these habitats will enhance biodiversity, involve a
variety of volunteers and enhance public access and enjoyment of the site.
Froglife is a national charity conserving UK amphibian and reptile species and
their habitats. We work on-the-ground with people from all walks of life
conserving vital habitat.
Voting is open in stores from 26 September to 9 October*. Customers will cast
their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they
This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately
eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.
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
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then
supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
*Please note voting has been postponed and will now run from 31st October – 13th November