Congratulations Abbotshall Road HLC and their Urban Wildlife Retreat!


Abbotshall Road Healthy Lifestyle Centre has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Abbotshall Road Healthy Lifestyle has come second in Lewisham
The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.
Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project. It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement. This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level”

A huge congratulations to all at Abbsottshall for being successful in receiving funding from the Tesco bags for help scheme, to develop an urban wildlife retreat in the Heart of Catford South on the grounds of the Abbotshall Road Healthy Lifestyle centre.

This was achieved, in no small part, thanks to the support of the local community who voted for this brilliant project in their local Tesco Stores.

Peter Ranken, Project Coordinator for the Urban Wildlife retreat said “The £10,000 ‘Bags of Help’ funding is great news as it will help transform outdoor areas at the Healthy Lifestyle Centre, Abbotshall Road into a wildlife garden with a pond and habitats for birds, hedgehogs, stag beetles and a bug hotel together with an outdoor classroom with a living willow den which, combined with the existing community garden, will make a fantastic teaching resource for nursery and primary school age children to learn about the natural world.”

Its great to see how working together as a community can make small ideas become big changes for the local area.

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.
Tesco Bag of Help


About Author

Hi. I am the coordinator for the Catford South Local Assembly and a friend of all things Catford :-)

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.