The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that our Deri Woods Project has been awarded £12,000.
Now that the results have been announced we can begin work on bringing our project to life, which aims to:
- Increase the wildlife value of this ancient semi-natural woodland.
- Create a focal point, inspiring the community to take action.
- Develop a visitor friendly community space.
- Give volunteers opportunities to increase their skills, confidence, health and wellbeing.
- Add value to the local identity, natural and cultural resources.
"We look forward to working with Llanfair Caereinion Town Council and the local community to bring the wood to life, for people and wildlife."
Clive Faulkner, CEO of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, said: "We are very grateful to everyone who voted for the Deri Woods Project, securing the top award for this much-loved woodland. We look forward to working with Llanfair Caereinion Town Council and the local community to bring the wood to life, for people and wildlife."
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: "Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant. We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life."
Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store. The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.