Somerset Wildlife Trust has been selected as one of three Taunton-based community projects to receive a share of £30,000 as part of supermarket Tesco's Bags of Help initiative (www.tesco/bagsofhelp), which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge, which are then administered by environmental improvement charity, Groundwork.
The amount actually received by the three short-listed community groups and projects will be determined by a public vote, which will involve the use of tokens given out at till points in-store from February 27 to March 6th, after which the amounts of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 will be awarded. Taunton shoppers will be able to cast their vote at six Tesco stores across town.
Somerset Wildlife Trust is urging Tesco shoppers to vote so it is able to secure the maximum funds to support a community project that benefits Taunton residents across the town, as Nick Tomlinson, Project Manager for Somerset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Routes to The River Tone’ project explains:
“There’s compelling evidence that people, and children in particular, are disconnected from nature. Research has also shown that mental and physical health are improved by spending time outdoors, and we’d like to help more families do just by using the Bags of Help grant to create a permanent interactive story trail for families to enjoy, helping them get them out exploring their local green spaces – of which there are many all across Taunton. Children who learn outdoors know more, understand more, feel better, behave better, work more cooperatively and are physically healthier.
Money given through the Bags of Help scheme means we will be able to create a wonderful interactive trail, and if we can secure the maximum amount available, we can make it something really special and long-lasting for everyone that spends time in our town.”
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each if Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.