A secondary school in the heart of Grimsby has been given a share of Tesco’s community grant fund enabling them to create a new community garden.
Oasis Academy Wintringham situated down Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby has been awarded £1,500 specifically for the purpose of creating an Oasis Academy Wintringham Community Garden.
The academy aims to create an eco-garden that teaches the students about the sensitive ecology of the native wildlife in the UK and also creates extra-curricular activities involving building habitats for bees, birds and bats. Another feature of the garden will be the creation of allotment spaces as well as an area to support the mental health of students, by creating a sensory/relaxation area. This will encourage a diverse range of students to utilise the Community Garden.
Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.
James Cansdale, Assistant Principal at Oasis Academy Wintringham, commented on the grant saying; “This is a fantastic project for our students and our local community. We are so grateful to all the shoppers who voted for us. We are really excited to begin creating our garden. As well as focusing on local wildlife and habitats we will also be growing our own fruit and vegetables. Our students will design the garden and create a rota to manage and maintain the produce they grow.”
Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s region will be awarded funding.
Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s National Chief Executive said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”