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Thursday, May 4, 2017

FoE aims to bag a share of bag charge fund

Friends of the Earth Llangollen 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

FoE Llangollen is one of three groups in the local Tesco region 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. Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Llangollen FoE says it is aiming to make the area an officially pollinator friendly town.
It says in its bid summary: “We will improve our community for pollinating insects and people. We will create wildflower areas, install bee homes, raise awareness, hold a themed community fun day and work with schools.

“Bee friendly is a national accreditation scheme for pollinators which we want to achieve in Llangollen. There are four elements food, five star accommodation, freedom from pesticides and fun.

“Pollinators have declined hugely over the last 30 years and if we don't act now this will continue.

“In Wales since 2013 we have had an action plan for pollinators. Action is needed locally across the country to improve our environment for our vital pollinating insects.

“The benefits of supporting our pollinators are numerous, they are an essential part of healthy functioning ecosystems providing food and a diverse and attractive environment and supporting health and well-being, tourism, rural economies and urban green space. Pollinators are a fundamental element of our biodiversity.

“The project will work with the local community, Denbighshire County Council, the local Town Council, and other charities and conservation groups. We will be working with a local community led project Pengwern Wild Places which will enhance the amenity grass areas for residents and pollinators. We will run volunteer sessions to create wildflower areas.

“The project will also include habitat improvements within the schools and pollinator education workshops and resources. We want to raise awareness about pollinators and build on work we have already started with schools.”
Group member Warren Davies said: “This is a fantastic project that the whole Dee Valley can enjoy. We will be extremely grateful for any support Tesco customers can give us.”

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