Beam Parklands nominated for Tesco’s Bags of Help funding initiative

31st October 2016

Calling Tesco shoppers, we need your help! Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. Land Trust owned site Beam Parklands, managed by our partners at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has been chosen as a recipient of the scheme but we need your votes to decide just how big the grant the site receives will be.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Beam Parklands in Dagenham, East London is well used by both local communities that surround the park and neighbouring schools that regularly use the park for formal and informal educational activities. In the last year, approximately 700 school children visited Beam Parklands to learn about the natural world, discovering wildlife and finding out about how the different habitats provide homes and food for a large range of species.

A Tesco Bags of Help grant will allow us to provide some exciting new equipment on site, including a new natural play area with a tractor tyre swing and climbing net, as well as a new and improved outdoor classroom area with log seating and tables.  New signage boards will provide lots of fascinating information about the wildlife found on site and help children identify mini-beasts, birds and other animals, as well as learning about the park’s history.

Voting will be taking place in the stores local to the site between 31st October – 13th November 2016 in the following stores:

  • Barking Express
  • Dagenham Heathway Express
  • Barking Ripple Road Express
  • CHadwell Heath Express
  • Goodmays Rowallen Express
  • Dagenham Shafter Express
  • Dagenham Oxlow Lane Express
  • Barking

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It is great to see people using the sites I manage, even if they often don't realise the work involved in keeping them safe and welcoming.

Charles Langtree, Estates Manager

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