Richmondshire Land Charity Makes Top Three In Tesco’s ‘Bags Of Help’ Competition
Thursday - February 25, 2016
A charity that was set up 13 years ago to protect land around the historic town of Richmond has been selected as one of the local finalists in the Tesco Bags of Help competition.
The scheme is a national initiative run in association with the environmental charity Groundwork that enables groups and organisations across the country to put forward projects that will benefit from money raised by the supermarket giant’s 5p bag charge.
Richmondshire Landscape Trust – which owns and manages almost 88 acres of publically accessible land including: an area on Sleegill, facing towards Richmond Castle; the south bank of the River Swale between the Falls and Mercury Bridge; Jack King’s Wood; and the ancient pasture lands of Westfields – submitted one of three projects that will now be voted for by the public.
The project with the most votes will receive £12,000, second place will receive £10,000 and the third will receive £8,000. Shoppers will be able to cast their votes at the Catterick Garrison store between Saturday 27 February and Sunday 6 March.
The project put forward by the Richmondshire Landscape Trust is to repair the drainage system on the medieval pastureland of the Westfield, which each year hosts the town’s celebrated Easter Egg Hunt. The most westerly area of the pasture regularly gets waterlogged and this essential work will greatly enhance the land’s quality.
Gordon Love, Chairman of The Richmondshire Landscape Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have made it this far in the selection process. We work very hard to raise money to keep this public land in good order and the additional funding will enable us to carry out important work on one of our key sites.
“The Westfield lies on the famous Coast-to-Coast walking route and provides a well-known view of Richmond across to the Castle as you approach the town. It is a popular destination for dog walkers and facilitates some of the best sledging in the area.
“It would be fantastic to reach the top slot in the competition and we urge people to give us their vote when they visit the store. This will help us to preserve this valuable open space for future generations to enjoy,” he added.