We are delighted to announce that Wick Court has been chosen as one of the projects in this area to receive funding from Tesco’s carrier bag charges – we are guaranteed £8000 and might even receive £12000.  The money will be used to build a new round house for the children for their Woodland activities, rural arts and crafts, seed sowing, camp fire and storytelling.  The plan is to build the framework and roof over the summer holidays and then the children can be involved in building the walls in the autumn term.

We do have a fantastic story session every week with Bill our resident birdwatcher/storyteller and we have had snow on one occasion – exciting as a one-off but a warm, dry space will be a very welcome addition to our very successful woodland, willow and gardening sessions – with still enough sky visible to spot passing birds and enjoy stories under the stars.

If we are fortunate enough to be awarded the £12000 we shall also be able to build two bird hides for the children to use in all weathers, positioned to view the birds on our new ponds and across on the River Severn.

So for all those people who get to the checkout and have forgotten their bags – as we all have – you know the money is going to a great cause.

As ever this now relies on a public vote in Tesco stores from Feb 27th – 6th March – so if you are in the South West area and you shop in Tescos in that week please look out for how to vote for us – maybe you could shop in stages so you can vote many times!!

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Thanks – as ever – for your support!