Plastic bag scheme could improveaccess to Highwoods beauty spot

Shoppers can help open a new section of Bexhill's beautiful Highwoods to wheelchair-users and those with difficulty in walking.

Bexhill Highwoods project SUS-160222-094519001
Bexhill Highwoods project SUS-160222-094519001

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales.

The scheme will see three local community groups awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

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The society has been short-listed for aid under the scheme

Highwoods Preservation Society volunteers have worked since 1980 to care for Bexhill’s 87-acre beauty-spot and Site of Special Scientific Interest under a management agreement with Rother Council. The charity won an award in 1986 for its first access-for-all-path. This opened up a section of the Peartree Lane woodland near its largest pond.

Its second access-for-all path opened in 2013, earning the gratitude of many more nature-lovers.

Now the charity plans an extension to the original stone-surfaced path to give access to another section of woodland. This scheme will cost around £13,000.

Grant level depends on votes cast by Tesco shoppers at their stores at Ravenside, Battle Express and Little Common.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p bag charge. The public have until March 6th to vote who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

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Society chairman John Heasman said: “Please help us allow those with disabilities to share in the joys of exploring our fascinating woodland by voting for us.”

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