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Your chance to vote for a new wildlife community garden

Friday 25th August 2017

Gosling Sike Farm, Houghton. The next phase is the community wildlife gardenGosling Sike Farm, Houghton. The next phase is the community wildlife garden

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is bidding to bag a cash boost this autumn from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, for its 'Explore, Learn and Grow' community garden project at Gosling Sike Farm, near Carlisle.

Described as a ‘small farm delivering big benefits for people’, Gosling Sike Farm will shortly reopen as the Trust’s new education and training hub. The renovated building is nearing completion and the Explore, Learn and Grow project marks the start of the exciting next phase. It involves setting up a new wildlife garden on the site, with community groups being invited to take the lead in planning and planting what will become a stunning new green space that everyone can enjoy (see artist's impression below).

Artist's impression of Gosling Sike Farm and gardenExplore, Learn and Grow is one of three projects from the Carlisle region that are bidding for funds from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Customers will decide the outcome, voting with a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop in Tesco. The project with the highest number of votes will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. Voting takes place in the following stores between Friday 1 September and Tuesday 31 October:

  • Tesco Superstore, Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 2SB
  • Tesco Metro, Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle CA3 8AJ

Michelle Waller, Senior Development Officer at Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. At Gosling Sike Farm we already offer a farm trail, wetland and woodland for people to enjoy. We’re very excited about the next phase of development. The community garden will be an inclusive, welcoming green space, which will benefit everyone. There’ll be opportunities for food growing, wildlife gardening, projects that promote mental and physical health benefits and opportunities for people with disabilities. We think it will be a wonderful new space for the local community and I’d like to urge all Tesco shoppers to vote for us!"

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Tesco has teamed up with environmental organisation Groundwork to run the Bags of Help scheme, which is funded by the 5p plastic bag levy. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

You can find out more about our plans at Gosling Sike Farm, including the Explore, Learn and Grow project, at one of our three drop-in days at the farm on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September, and Wednesday 18 October.

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