Spernal Edible Gardned Project are delighted to announce that our project has been short listed for a public vote in the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.  The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p per carrier bag charge.

Tesco 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.

They applied for funding for our Where Next Spernal Edible Garden Project to enable the clearing of unused ground and construction of 10 raised beds at our Studley site, to enable our Spernal clients to plant, grow, harvest and cook fruit and vegetable as part of our healthy eating and lifestyles training.

The public were going to vote in store from 26th September to 9th October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Unfortunately, due to a shortage in voting equipment outside of Tesco and Groundwork’s control, it has become necessary to delay the customer voting until 31 October to 13 November (originally planned to take place 26 September to 9 October).

Groundworks have taken this step to ensure that all Tesco customers have the opportunity to vote and that every store is participating. As voting is delayed, this will regretfully mean that they will not be able to notify grant award winners until the end of November. Groundwork apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we believe that delaying the public vote is the right course of action to take to ensure the vote’s fairness and transparency for all applicant groups concerned.

You can vote for them to win the top prize of £12,000 at any of the following Tesco stores.

STUDLEY EXPRESS    Stratford-on-Avon
STRATFRD BNBRY RD EXP    Stratford-on-Avon
STRATFORD UPON AVON    Stratford-on-Avon 

Or you can also vote Stratford District Council’s Hodgson Green Children’s Trim Trail project is a second District project to have been chosen for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – fulldetails of what this project is all about are HERE

The third project is the Green refuge at Tyler House Community Hub –

Stratford Samaritans Community Hub is delighted to be one of three projects shortlisted for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which reinvests the 5p carrier bag charge into grassroots initiatives.

We will be able to transform the patch of earth next to the building into a Green Refuge for the charities and community groups that use Tyler House. The fully accessible garden will provide and promote the therapeutic benefits of plants for people of all ages and abilities.

Rachel Key, Hub Manager said:

The staff and volunteers who use Tyler House, including Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace and St Basils, help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We want to give them and everyone who uses the Hub, somewhere to recharge their batteries and enjoy the unique sense of wellbeing that you experience in a garden, whether you are simply sitting in it or getting your hands dirty.
The more money we can raise, the more exciting features we can add including an adaptive tool library for gardeners with limited mobility/dexterity, a wildlife-attracting water feature and shelter so that the garden can be used all year round. Thank-you!

In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
Further information on Bags of Help can be found at

Many thanks for all your support from the Tesco team