Wellingborough community centre needs your votes to help its garden grow

The garden area at Glamis Hall
The garden area at Glamis Hall

A community centre in Wellingborough needs your support to bag a 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 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – awarded to local community projects.

The garden area

The garden area

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

Glamis Hall in Goldsmith Road is one of the groups on the shortlist in the Wellingborough area.

Heather Saunders, chairman of trustees at Glamis Hall, said: “We’re really pleased to have been selected for a public vote by Tesco for this round of funding.

“The garden that they helped fund last year looks great and if we are successful this time we will be able to make the entire site look just as good and help our edible hedge grow and thrive.

“We had 420 edible hedging plants donated by the Woodland Trust in 2015 and a further 420 in 2016.

“Teams of volunteers planted them all around our building but the grass is poor quality and looks quite messy.

“We would like to box in and mulch around the hedging plants to help them grow.”

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June.

Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already given out more than £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects across the UK.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June.

“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: “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.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

To find out more go to www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

For more information on Glamis Hall, click here