Walsall Arboretum has reached the shortlist to bag a cash boost through the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative to support new Junior Rangers Club.
The Junior Rangers Club will be aimed at young people aged from 5—12 years to carry out fun educational outdoor activities such as pond dipping, mini beast hunts, den building and bush craft activities all within a safe supervised environment.
The club will also provide young people with the chance to undertake park maintenance tasks such as growing their own fruit and vegetables along with growing plants in the park.
Walsall Arboretum submitted a grant application to the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to gain the funds to maximize the potential of the new club.
Richard Phillips, Arboretum Operative at Walsall Arboretum said: “We are so pleased to have made it through to the voting stage. We want to provide young people in the area with the opportunity to get back outdoors and gain valuable life-skills along with creating fond memories during their time at the Arboretum.”
Councillor Chris Jones, Walsall Council’s portfolio holder for Clean and Green said: “We are very excited about the establishment of a Junior Ranger Club at Walsall Arboretum and the Tesco grant will allow the project’s potential to be realised. The Arboretum is Walsall’s premier park and we are constantly striving to increase the range of activities we offer while keeping the park up to high standards. The club will be a new lease of life for both the park and the community.”
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the next round of voting. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Voting is open in stores located around the Walsall area throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.