Broadland District Council needs votes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Suter's Drive Pond
Suter's Drive Pond

Published: Friday, 5th January 2018

A conservation project, led by Broadland District Council, is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Called ‘A walk on the wildlife side’, it aims to improve and enhance the area between Marriott’s Way and Suter’s Drive Pond in Drayton, and needs your help to secure up to £4,000 of the supermarket funding.

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

Voting is open in Tesco stores in Drayton, Taverham and Hethersett throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

The unique and rare wet woodland site by Marriott’s Way is managed by Broadland District Council, and the local authority would like to carry out a programme of coppicing trees to encourage a more diverse range of flora and fauna.

The work, which will be carried out by a team of conservation volunteers, will create an enhanced path between Marriott’s Way and Suter’s Drive Pond - clearing vegetation and removing and replacing broken fencing.

It will also create a vista from Marriott’s Way across to the pond.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council, said:

“We are lucky to have this rare form of woodland in Broadland and want to ensure the area continues to thrive for the benefit of future generations. Please show your support by voting for this fantastic project, which will benefit our communities, our wildlife and the outdoor spaces we can all enjoy.”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.  The scheme has already delivered more than £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these 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. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit Tesco's website.

You can cast your vote for the 'Marriott's Way Access Improvement and Habitat Enhancement' project at: Drayton superstore, Hethersett Express, Norwich Acres Way Express and Taverham Express.

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