Help us to bring our pond back to life !

March 2, 2017

Grafham Water Centre has been shortlisted to benefit from the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme.  With enough support from Tesco shoppers in our local area this could mean up to £ 5,000 towards the costs of redeveloping our overgrown pond.

Under the scheme, three organisations in each Tesco region are shortlisted to receive an award between £ 1,000 and £ 5,000 depending on the number of votes cast by Tesco shoppers during March and April when they checkout in local stores.  Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £27 million to more than 3,500 projects across the UK.

Thousands of children visit us every year and we increasingly see young people who have limited awareness of nature’s wonders and are disengaged from their environment. Our staff are passionate about the outdoors and would like to share this with young people, to spark their curiosity and help instil a sense of responsibility for the future.  The Tesco Bags of Help funding will allow us to clear the overgrown area, create a walkway around the pond, construct picnic benches and to build pond-dipping platforms.  Restoration of the pond will encourage local wildlife, support bug hunt and pond-dipping educational activities and  provide a picnic area for our visitors and the local community to enjoy the natural environment.

Teresa Thorp, Head of Grafham Water Centre, said:

 “We aim to inspire young people to learn and develop so an understanding of their natural environment is fundamental in making that a reality.  The funding from Tesco will help increase the scope of outdoor education opportunities we can offer and give children the chance to experience that environment directly.”

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

For more information please see www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp