The money comes from the supermarket giant’s Bags of Help project – where proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags is given to local environmental projects, following the new law, which came in last year making it compulsory for large stores to charge 5p for a carrier bag.
Hodge Lane Conservation Group was one of three projects selected for support by the Tesco stores in Amington, Dosthill, Fazeley and Lichfield. Customers shopping at the stores between February 27 and March 6 were given tokens and asked to vote for the project they would like to support by dropping the tokens into the appropriate container. Hodge Lane came second in the voting, and will now receive a £10,000 gift from Tesco.
The money will be used on a number of environmental improvements at the Hodge Lane Nature Reserve, including:
- The replacement of the existing rotten wooden pond dipping platform
- Re-profiling and dredging of the pond to improve the habitat and boost biodiversity
- Carrying out a great crested newt survey
- Funding of four education training sessions for local schools to show teachers and children how to safely use the dipping platform and how to identify pond species
- Buying 12 sets of pond nets, trays, magnifiers and identification guides for loan to schools and groups
The improvements to the Local Nature Reserve will allow more schools and other groups to make use of the site, as well as creating a better environment for wildlife.
Diane Wells from the Hodge Lane Conservation Group, said, “The Hodge Lane volunteers would like to thank Tesco for supporting our application and all the Tesco customers who voted for us. We have been overwhelmed by the amount donated, which will enable projects throughout the summer.
“We are very proud of being able to preserve this small area of Tamworth and know how much it is appreciated by the public who have this site on their doorstep.”
Hodge Lane Nature Reserve is owned by Tamworth Borough Council. It is run and managed under the Wild About Tamworth project – a partnership between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, which supports the volunteers.