News

Lakeside has bagged a share of £12.5m

£8,000 awarded in Tesco 'Bags of Help' initiative

Page last updated at 29 November 2016 at 16:08

Lakeside Country Park has bagged a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Eastleigh Borough Council is delighted to announce it has bagged £8,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Lakeside Country Park has been awarded £8,000. Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The aim of the Council’s bid for ‘Accessible Activity Trails’ at Lakeside Country Park was to bring together people from all parts of the community to design activity trails to improve access, encourage heathier active lifestyles and raise awareness of the Country Park and its ecology.

Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee Cllr Paul Bicknell said, “I’m delighted that the ‘Accessible Activity Trail’ at Lakeside Country Park has received this money from Tesco’s funding scheme that will help make a difference in our community." 

He added, “It’s great that we will be able to transform this area and at the same time encourage healthier lifestyles.”

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. “We been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

And from 1 December, customers will be able to vote for local groups all year round, every time they shop and grants will be awarded monthly – meaning that thousands more projects will benefit from the scheme.

Funding will now be awarded to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community, and money will be available in smaller amounts, making it more accessible.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit."

He added, “It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp