Volunteers seek public support in bid for Tesco Bags of Help grant to aid Long Melford Country Park and Railway Walk
Volunteers seeking a cash boost for Long Melford’s Country Park and Railway Walk have launched a public appeal in support of a bid to a supermarket grant scheme.
The Long Melford Open Spaces (LMOS) group was shortlisted for the latest round of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, as it seeks money for maintenance equipment and to help sustain 8.3 hectares of woodland and meadows, as well as a 2km walking route.
Public voting is now open at Tesco stores throughout this month and next month, and LMOS is appealing to the public to back its project, in the hope of being awarded a grant of up to £4,000.
If successful, the group – formed to manage the park and walk on behalf of Long Melford Parish Council – will put the money towards new tools and materials, including a heavy duty log saw, a chainsaw, a portable water pump, a generator, piping and life jackets.
The sites, which are popular with walkers and anglers, were brought into control of the parish council, which stepped in after they had been at risk of closure by Suffolk County Council.
Long Melford parish and district councillor John Nunn, who is also the director of LMOS, said the funding would give a big boost to the sites, for the benefit of both visitors and wildlife.
“To manage a park of this size requires a lot of dedication and hard work by a small band of volunteers, who we are fortunate to have, but it also requires a constant supply of tools and materials to keep the park in good condition,” he said.
“We are really pleased to have been accepted into the Bags of Help scheme for January and February.
“We hope the public will support us, so that we may continue to maintain the country park and railway walk to a high standard.”
Shoppers can cast their vote at any Tesco store in the region, with the three highest voted projects receiving £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, respectively, from Bags of Help, which is run in collaboration with Groundwork.
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.”
To learn more, go to www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.