Welwyn Garden City girl guides receive Tesco grant

PUBLISHED: 15:01 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 21 February 2017

Girl guides working on the garden.

Girl guides working on the garden.


Girl guides put their gardening gloves on after a Tesco grant was used to purchase soil and hedges for the new Welwyn Garden City district centre.

Girl guides working on the garden.Girl guides working on the garden.

Over the weekend girls, parents and leaders formed a garden working party and helped to make a change to the new Girlguiding Guessens District Centre that is currently under construction in Guessens Road.

Builders had cleared the rubbish away and 10 cubic metres of top soil was delivered.

All those involved had to wheel-barrow the soil across the area to level it out, trenches were dug for the new hedging, and some shrubs were planted.

District commissioner, Sue Rees said: “It was lovely to see all the girls enjoying the outdoors and learning about planting and the finished garden has really enhanced the new centre.

“When we open our doors after Easter all the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides will get to enjoy the new outdoor space.”

The materials for the soft landscaping had been purchased with money awarded from a Tesco funding scheme called ‘Bags of Help’.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000, all raised from the 5p bag levy, being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month.

Voting ran in stores from December 1, to December 31, with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month.

At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Funding is available to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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