Oakwell Hall Country Park wins grant for improvements



Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall has won a £10,000 grant to create a new pond-dipping platform.

We received the grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which raises money for good causes through its carrier bag levy.

Our Oakwell project involves building a new extended pond-dipping platform, and improved landscaping and planting. The grant will make it possible for our museum to include seating and information panels, and to offer taster sessions to our schools and local families once the work is completed.

Ranger Amanda Walker said:

Oakwell Hall staff and our Thursday volunteers, who carry out the conservation work in the country park, are delighted with the award and touched that the local Tesco customers have voted for the project.”

Oakwell was one of 1100 organisations throughout the UK to receive money in the first round of grants allocated under the scheme.

What’s the scheme about?

Tesco teamed up with ‘green’ charity Groundwork to support projects to improve local green spaces.

Tesco customers voted on nominated projects in their local stores. Over 8million votes were cast across England, Scotland and Wales with the winners sharing a £11.5million pot of money raised from the carrier bag levy. There were three levels of grant – £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant. We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.”

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming green spaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding opens on April 18.

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