'Bags of Help' uses money raised by the 5p carrier bag charge in Tesco stores in the UK. It is open to a range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. 

Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding can include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities. 

Projects can include:

  • Developing a community garden or orchard
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and equipment
  • Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12's
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park
  • Funding a programme of beach clean-up events….and many more!

Following a public vote, three projects in each of the Tesco regions will receive a grant every other month, with first place receiving up to £4K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K

Please spread this exciting news and encourage groups to apply.
They will need to apply by following this link: 

Contact Geraint Hughes for more details or help with the programme on 01978 757 524  geraint.hughes@groundworknorthwales.org.uk


CASE STUDY - Caernarfon Schools' Learning Outdoors Project (January 2016) 

Ysgol Yr Hendre 13Oct 2016 Small (12)

The North Wales Wildlife Trust organised the Caernarfon Schools' Learning Outdoors Project, thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help grant. The Trust found the grant easy to apply for compared to other funding streams  and it allowed them to create allotments for 2 schools and for a group of children with disabilities, as well as an allotment for people in the community. In addition, they created  an amazing wildlife garden with nectar borders for bees and butterflies, an outdoor study area and a meadow with apple trees. The children were able to go outside and learn lots of new skills that the classroom can't teach.

Anna Williams, Education and Community officer, North Wales Wildlife Trust said,  "People on the estate are commenting positively about the work we are doing and are really happy to see the area transformed and the children getting involved.

"The children take a great deal of interest in the gardens and the wildlife,  which is something  they would not have had the chance to do without this project. It is so important for their development and understanding of the world."

Ysgol yr Hendre Head Teacher said, "The children are much better behaved inside the classroom after a session outside. It's about engaging the pupils in a worthwhile project that links to most subjects we teach in school."


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