Tiptree Community Wildlife Garden

Friday 26th February 2016

Peacock Butterfly - Photo Bob Coyle

Vote in store at Tesco, Tiptree, to help fund our Community Wildlife Garden

Essex Wildlife Trust and local volunteers are set to create a community wildlife garden in the middle of Tiptree village – and shoppers at Tesco, Tiptree, can vote to ensure that the project can be designed in full.

Shoppers can vote in store until Sunday 6 March, for the project to receive maximum funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Please do support this fantastic project – details of how to vote will be available in store.

The project, part of the wider Tiptree Living Landscape initiative, will be created on the area of boarded-off wasteland, adjacent to the Tesco car park, between Lloyds Bank and the Gardenia Chinese restaurant. The project, which has been planned by local volunteers, aims to open up the land at the Church Road end, clear it, lay paths and create flower beds for plants which will attract pollinators and represent the life of Tiptree. It will also provide a pleasant rest area for shoppers and others who will be able to sit on benches along the paths. The paths will be wheelchair-friendly.

“We are very excited about the community garden, which we think will be a lovely addition to Tiptree, for both people and wildlife to enjoy,” Joan Pinch, Tiptree Living Landscape Team Leader, said. “We urge local people to vote for our project, in the hope that our full plans for the garden can come to fruition.”

Joan and other Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers will be outside Tesco, Tiptree, at various times this weekend and during next week, to provide further information about the garden project, should any shoppers want to know more.

□ Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. For more information, see: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp