Thames21 seeks votes to bag a share of £12.5million carrier bag charge fund


Glenbrook in Enfield is one of the two sites which could benefit from winning

Thames21 is bidding to for a cash boost for two London sites from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Winning enough votes from Tesco customers will help boost two sites Thames21 has been working on; the Glenbrook stream, in Enfield, and the Thames Road Wetland in Crayford.

In Glenbrook, we aim to create a new interpretation trail to encourage more people to access and appreciate their local river. In Crayford we want to help encourage more volunteers, and boost awareness of the value of the site, which hosts a number of rare species, including visiting bitterns.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted – and from October 31 to November 13 shoppers are being invited to vote in store for who they think should take away the top grant. Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

In Enfield, local people will help shape the interpretation trail, through a creative arts project involving schools and community groups. It will include information about wildlife, the urban water cycle and the importance of healthy rivers.

The stores where customers can vote to bring the Glenbrook to life are: the Enfield Express, Oakwood Express, Bullsmoor Lane Express, Winchmore Hill Express, Enfield Lock Express, Enfield Dotcom Centre, Windmill Hill Enfield Express, Chaseside Southgate Express, Edmonton Express, Ponders End Extra, Lea Valley Extra, Edmonton, and Enfield Southbury Road.

In Crayford, the stores where people can vote for the Thames Road Wetland project are: Longlands Express, Erith Dotcom Centre, Erith Express, Welling Bellgrove Express, Bexley Blackfen Road Express, Northumberland Heath Express, Welling Upper Wickham Express, Welling, Dartford Express, Temple Belle Dart Express and the Dartford Estate Hill Express.

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