Tesco cash to help Longridge gardens renovation

Towneley Gardens, Longridge.
Towneley Gardens, Longridge.

Longridge Community Group’s project to redevelop Towneley Gardens is in the running for a slice of funding being put up by Tesco.

The ambitious town centre ‘garden for all’ scheme – launched in January through Longridge Town Council with backing by Gardens owner Ribble Valley borough council – is set to benefit from the supermarket’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

This sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy started by Tesco last October – being awarded to local environmental and community projects.

Now shoppers are being invited to go to their local store and vote for who should get which grant award. The other two contenders are Walton Park Friends Group and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Tesco’s Caroline Silke said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote and these three great local projects coming to life.”

The deadline for votes is Sunday, March 6, and customers will vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Longridge deputy mayor, Coun Rupert Swarbrick, said “It’s a great achievement to have been selected by Tesco for this award. Well done to Longridge Community Partnership for securing what will be a minimum of £8000 and could be as much as £12,000 if we get enough votes.

“It would be good to find out what people in Longridge would like to see carried out in the gardens. They could message LTC on Facebook or email on longridgetc@gmail.co.”

Tesco had teamed up with the charity Groundwork – “improving prospects and creating greener places” – to launch the Bags of Help initiative after the 5p levy was started in October.