We are delighted to announce that we are to be awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help fund.
Tesco estimated that 8 million shoppers voted in stores across the country to help the company allocate grants from their £11.5million carrier bag charge fund, with three shortlisted project in each area due to receive either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Voting ran in stores from 27 February until 6 March – with customers using a token system to choose which project they would like to get the top award.
Thanks to the support we received in the Tesco stores in Abertillery, Cwmbran, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool we came first in the vote and will receive the maximum award of £12,000. This is absolutely fantastic news and we send our thanks to everyone who promoted our project and voted for us in Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen. Some supporters we know returned to their store many times during the voting week, occasionally claiming forgetfulness for the need to go back!
This is our first grant for the Walled Garden and we plan to use the £12,000 to provide a lovely horticultural therapy greenhouse for use by community and patient groups. Now that the results have been announced the garden design team will work up detailed design plans for the greenhouse area and chose and build a suitable structure. This picture is of one of several styles we are considering.
Huge thanks again to everyone who voted for us, and to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for their continued support for the restoration of the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange.