Centre calls for votes to bag award

Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Coundon and Leeholme Crops In The Community is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Their project wishes to use the land immediately around their community building to grow ‘Crops in the Community’ in three raised beds which will then be used by partners Age UK and Wellbeing for Life and others in ways which can demonstrate how the land can be used to provide a food source.

The project will give joint responsibility for open space within the community and encourage and raise awareness of food sources across all ages.

It is also planned to plant flowers, herbs and lavender borders to encourage bees, composting of leaves, and storage of water using a water butt, all to help reduce the carbon foot print.

Pat Clarey, a trustee of Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre said: “The community has a strong link to the miners and this year will be celebrating 60 years of the opening of the Community Centre which was built with contributions from Leasingthorne mineworkers.

“The land to be used belongs to the building and it is fitting that it is used to celebrate the miners tradition of growing crops within a community environment for food source.

“It is the right time to engage with the community on environmental issue following on from the Community Action Team project to improve living spaces within Coundon and Leeholme.

Voting is open in stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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