Shoppers thanked as country park secures funding for sensory garden

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Daventry Country Park has bagged £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme to help improve its Community Sensory Garden.

The Garden was one of three projects shortlisted locally for the supermarket’s initiative, which sees money raised from carrier bag sales awarded to local community groups.

Shoppers visiting the Tesco stores in Daventry town centre, Wimborne Place and Weedon voted for their favourite during November and December. 

Daventry Country Park came second in the vote, and the £2,000 will be used to make a range of improvements to the garden, including a sensory water feature, an improved planting scheme with a greater variety of colours and scents, and the installation of tactile educational information and activities.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “The garden was created by the Friends of Daventry Country Park with support from the Council, and has been 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.

“The money from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative will allow us to work with volunteers and the local community to further improve this space for the park’s many visitors and I would like to thank both Tesco and their shoppers for supporting us in achieving this.”

Since its launch in 2015, the Bags of Help project, which is supported by Groundwork, has provided more than £63 million to around 20,000 community projects.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

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.”

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