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Somerset Wildlife Trust Secures Funding From 'Tesco's Bags of Help' Initiative, but Needs Help from Public to Receive Maximum Reward

 27th Jul 2017

28th July 2017- Somerset Wildlife Trust has been selected as one of the charities in Somerset to chosen to benefit from Tesco’s community fundraising initiative ‘Tesco’s Bags of Help’, which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to fund local community projects across the county Somerset Wildlife Trust is asking Tesco shoppers on Somerset’s coast to use the store’s token voting scheme to help it secure the maximum amount of £4000 to support its Brilliant Coast project,  which ensures that Somerset’s coastal wildlife has a healthy future.  

The amount 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 now until 31st August, after which the amounts of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 will be awarded.  Shoppers will be able to cast their vote at three Tesco stores: Burnham-on-sea, North Petherton, and Bower Manor. To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

OysterCatchers Burnham NigelPhillipsSomerset Wildlife Trust is urging Tesco shoppers to vote so it is able to secure the maximum funds to support our coast.  

Michele Bowe, Director of conservation, Policy and Strategy at Somerset Wildlife Trust says:

“Somerset’s coast is under threat from major new developments, increasing tourism and climate change and to protect the precious habitat and wildlife found there we started a coastal survey last year. This work we do on Somerset’s coast, including important survey work gives us the information we need to create a comprehensive conservation plan to protect Somerset’s marine wildlife. Our survey will give us a detailed  picture of all the wonderful, and in many case entirely new species that live there and how best to protect them . Money given through the Tesco’s Bag of Help scheme will help us achieve this”.

More information about the Trust's work on Somerset's coast can be found here:

This fundraising opportunity from the ‘Tesco’s Bag of Help’ initiative comes at a particularly great time, as it is National Marine Week from 29th July to 13th August and Somerset Wildlife Trust is raising awareness of the importance of coastal conservation through a series of events across Somerset.  So along with going to the supermarket and casting your vote, you can go along to one of their events to help look after our coast. More information on these events can be found here:

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Pictures: Oyster Catchers©Nigel Phillips, HermitCrab©Nigel Phillips, Seal pup© LaraHowe, Sun Star©NigelPhillips



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About Somerset Wildlife Trust –

Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 18,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county.  Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives. 


Our reserves holding of over 1700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly.


The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous legacies. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.



Picture: OysterCtacher- Nigel Phillips