FARMS FOR CITY CHILDREN has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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 FARMS FOR CITY CHILDREN at WICK COURT in Gloucestershire has been awarded £10,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

Thanks to the Bags of Help scheme, Wick Court will be building a brand new roundhouse for the children’s woodland activities, rural arts and crafts sessions, seed sowing, camp fires and storytelling. The plan is to build the framework and roof over the summer holidays and then the children can be involved in helping to build the walls in the autumn term.

Tracy Izod from FfCC said “The roundhouse will be an area for the children to use in the warm summer months and a cosy sheltered place for their outside activities in the winter so will be in use all year. If after construction of the roundhouse we have any funds left over we will erect some purpose built bird hides for the children to use in all weathers. They will be carefully positioned to view birds and other wildlife using our newly formed ponds adjacent to the River Severn.”

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.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

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.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.


For further information please contact:

Heather Tarplee or Tracy Izod.