£10,000 bagged by GANF

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GANF bags a share of £11.5 million carrier bag charge fund!

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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 Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) has been awarded £10,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

The Outdoor Science Classroom Project will be positioned at GANF’s Ambergate Sport’s College site and involves the refurbishment of a currently unused grassed section within the school grounds, converting the area into an outdoor learning space and natural science area for the pupils.

This will involve installation of recycled rubber grass matting for disabled access allowing students to meander around the cherry trees, and the creation of a none slip decked outdoor classroom space with integrated seating and storage.

The learning space will be elevated above the ground with disabled access ramps. The decking will also integrate rope balustrades with bamboo wind chimes to allow the user to interact with the learning space.

A large canopy to shelter the seating will also be erected to make the facility all weather and a large standing chalkboard will be erected, with additional hand held chalkboards which can be stored under the seating.

The project will also have raised beds to add touch, smell and taste to the area, creating a sensory zone for our pupils.

A bird hide and feeder crafted from local timber will encourage pupil interaction with nature. 

James Ellis, Principal at Ambergate Sport’s College, “We would like to thank Tesco and Groundworks for the fantastic opportunity to obtain this funding. It will allow us to install this superb outdoor learning facility for our pupils. This will enhance their learning, particularly in Science.”

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

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.”

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