Park’s sensory garden scheme hoping for Bags of Help

Park’s sensory garden scheme hoping for Bags of Help

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Shoppers are being asked to show their support for a project to improve the Community Sensory Garden at Daventry Country Park.

The Garden is one of three projects shortlisted locally for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, which sees money raised from carrier bag sales awarded to local community groups.

The garden was created by the Friends of Daventry Country Park and further developed by the Daventry & District Disability Access Forum, who helped install accessible features to enable people with a range of abilities to enjoy it.

Money from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative will be used to create a sensory water feature using the current inlet stream, improve the planting scheme with a greater variety of colours and scents, and install tactile educational information and activities.

Shoppers visiting the Tesco stores in Daventry town centre, Wimborne Place and Weedon during November and December will be invited to cast a vote for their favourite cause using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

The project with the highest number of votes will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “The Community Sensory Garden has been developed over a number of years with the support of the Council. It’s a lovely spot for visitors to relax and enjoy peaceful surroundings, explore different textures, sounds and colours of plants and foliage, or view the bug hotel and learn more about our environment.

“We would love to further improve this space for visitors, and the project is also a fantastic opportunity for the community to get involved and find new ways to enjoy the benefits of our Country Park. We would be very grateful if Tesco shoppers could support us in this.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project, which is supported by Groundwork, has delivered more than £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. 

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”