Petworth Community Garden needs your votes

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Petworth Community Garden is calling for support to bag a share of the £12.5m carrier bag charge fund.

The garden is on the shortlist to receive a cash award from the Tesco initiative for its‘ Access all Areas’ project to renovate the degenerated wheelchair access ramp, paths, raised beds and site in order to make it safe and accessible for use by wheelchairs again.

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

And this month shoppers are being invited to head to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grants.

Volunteers at Petworth Community Garden are urging people to vote for them at the Midhurst store.

Kate Brickell, coordinator of the project said: “Our wheelchair paths have recently become broken up and difficult to manoeuvre around and our raised beds are falling apart.

“Our project is all about accessibility to all members of the community but without funding to renovate the paths, we won’t be able to be open to wheelchairs for much longer.

“We run integrated community projects for mixed groups of locals to meet together on our beautiful site in Petworth and share the social and health benefits of working according to ability in accessible organic gardening and ‘Mens Shed’ groups. “We would love the public to vote for us in the Midhurst Tesco store to help us.”

Voting is open from September 26 to October 9. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success with 1,170 community groups awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,00. We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists.”

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.”

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