Bag funds for bluebells


Thursday 28 February, 2019


Norfolk Wildlife Trust is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to celebrate its largest ancient woodland.

The project will celebrate its Mid Norfolk Local Group’s 40th anniversary event at NWT Foxley Wood this autumn, celebrating and raising awareness about the wildlife at the site. It will also improve access at what is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland, known for its spectacular display of bluebells in the spring.

The Bags of Help scheme sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Shoppers at Tesco’s Dereham Extra store can vote for the project during March and April using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.   

Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pamela Abbott said: “the Bags of Help initiative would help our Mid Norfolk Local Group reach more local people at their special anniversary event and introduce them to the wonders of wildlife at NWT Foxley Wood. It would also enhance the visitor experience at this ancient woodland, and help improve the public’s understanding of how to protect the area’s unique wildlife. Please think of wildlife when you collect your token, we'd really appreciate your support!”

Tesco teamed up with community charity Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which has already delivered over £40 million to 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Local members group

NWT has eight active local members groups which are closely involved in wildlife issues in their area. Groups meet informally throughout the year for talks, walks and social occasions. They provide an opportunity for everyone to be involved with Norfolk’s wildlife and conservation. Whether it is learning more about our amazing natural heritage or becoming actively engaged in conservation work, Local Groups have over many years provided valuable support to NWT, in saving Norfolk’s wildlife for the future.


Last summer thanks to local shoppers, two Norfolk Wildlife Trust projects received the maximum funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, with £4,000 each.

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