Tuesday, 16 August 2016


St Chads Water Transformed

Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council are delighted to unveil their completed access improvements project at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve, Draycott – which was funded by its successful £12,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign. (see attached photograph). 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.
The funding has helped to improve access around the lake at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve for all ages and abilities throughout the year. Areas that have been prone to flooding and inaccessible during the winter have now been improved with embankments and drainage so that the path is accessible all year round and is suitable for everyone. St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful nature reserve for both wildlife and people. The site is free and open every day for everyone to enjoy.
Val Clare Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council, said: “We are really pleased that our project was voted for the highest grant in this region. This has enabled more of the paths at St Chad’s Water to have been improved to a really good standard so that everyone can enjoy this fantastic reserve.”
If you would like to know more about this project and other events in Draycott please contact Val Lewis (Parish Clerk) on 01332 875 278 or email

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “It is wonderful to see how the money from our Bags of Help initiative has been spent.

“This is money that has come directly from Tesco customers living and shopping in each of our regions up and down the country. The feedback for the project has been brilliant.”
Voting ran in store from 27th February until 6th 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.
Applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in Spring 2017, (date to be confirmed). As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year around by people living locally. If you would like more information about the Bags of Help contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork on 07801 122 494 or email