Students from Newcastle Academy and Westlands Primary School, working with and lead by Thistleberry Residents Association to improve the ancient trackway by our sports field, are asking for your support.
Thistleberry Residents Association is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the 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.
Thistleberry Residents Association is one of the groups on the shortlist for our Ancient Trackway project.
The project will save an ancient trackway in the neighbourhood, make it a nature trail and thus save it for posterity. ‘If we don’t it will be lost’, said Chair of the Association Angela Drakakis-Smith, ‘so we are delighted to be given this opportunity to save it. We are assisted by two neighbourhood schools – Newcastle Academy and Westlands Primary School’.
‘As a Trust supporting Newcastle Academy we see active citizenship as vitally important and are so pleased that Thistleberry Residents Association have allowed us to work alongside them in this important project for our area’, said Wendy Whelan CEO of United Endeavour Trust.
‘The experience will hopefully give the children an appreciation of their neighbourhood, of nature and of their historical environment’, said Tim Rogers Principal of the Newcastle Academy.
‘Once the trackway has been cleared of six foot high nettles and undergrowth the children will be able to plant bulbs and wildflower seeds, make bird boxes, hedgehog hides and insect homes. They will also create information boards and research the ecology of the Trackway’ said Angela Drakakis-Smith Chair of the Thistleberry Residents Association. ‘We are delighted to have them on board to help. We love their enthusiasm’.
‘This will be an amazing teaching and learning experience for the children’, said Louise Pickard, Head Teacher of the Westlands Primary School. ‘The children can’t wait to begin’.
Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Please consider voting for this valuable project every time you visit Tesco throughout May and June this year.
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 www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp