There were whoops of delight this week, when Tesco announced the results of its last round of public voting for its Tescos Bags of help Award. We put in two entries, one for a woodland wildlife garden with the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery and the other for a “Transforming Tinkers Yard project with the Station Road and Crooksbarn Residents’ Associations’.
Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out. This week it was announced that both projects had received the top number of votes in their area, bagging £4,000 each.
Linthorpe Cemetery’s Woodland Garden
Work is already underway with the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery in the Cemetery which is also a Local Nature Reserve. The ground has been prepared to create a demonstration woodland wildlife garden to provide a home for bees, butterflies, hedgehogs and songbirds that can be enjoyed by visitors to Linthorpe Cemetery. The grant compliments funding from the Newcastle Building Society which was awarded earlier in the year.
Malcolm Cummins of the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery is delighted by the news “Our aim is to bring colour, birds, bees, butterflies back to our space so that future generations of children have the chance to study them”
We welcome help to create our wildlife garden. If you are interested please get in touch with the Friends group by contacting their secretary Dorothy via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transforming Tinkers Yard
The funding will enable the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust to work with in partnership with the Crooksbarn and Station Road Residents’ Associations’ and Stockton Borough Council to transform this public space in Norton to create an attractive habitat for wildlife, where local people of all ages can enjoy seeing wildflowers, birds and butterflies. Local people have already been actively involved in planting a mini orchard, litter picking and planting woodland bulbs. Each activity has attracted over 70 people, with many families and children of all ages. The funding will enable the creation of a wildflower meadow and the installation of an attractive information panel showing the history of Tinkers Yard.
Both Station Road and Crooksbarn Residents’ Associations’ are key partners in the project. Local resident and member of Crooksbarn Residents Association said “We’re delighted to have received the support from shoppers of Tesco and extremely grateful to Tesco for their generous donation. This will allow us to continue the development of Tinker’s Yard and make the area an even more enjoyable space for everyone in the local community.”
To find out more about Tinkers Yard and how to get involved contact Sue Antrobus at the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust email@example.com