South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Calling Hogsmill shoppers: Help us reconnect children with nature with your vote at Tesco

You can vote to fund our education programme, Project Kingfisher, in Tesco stores along the Hogsmill now.


Do you live in Kingston? Or perhaps the Epsom/Ewell area? Do you buy your food and other shopping from your local Tesco store? If so, you could help us raise up to £8,000 in funding for our school education programme!


Two of our recent applications to the Tesco Bags of Help fund have been successful, and now you and other local residents can help decide how much funding these projects get, with £4,000 available for each project.

Throughout July and August, until voting closes on 31st August, you will be able to vote for your favourite project in one of the local Tesco stores on the map below. If our projects get the most votes, we will be awarded £8,000 to continue funding our education work for 2018 and 2019!


Why should you vote for us?

Our education programme, Project Kingfisher, aims to reconnect local school children with nature by teaching them all about their local river and the wildlife that calls it home. There are many elements of the National Curriculum which can be taught using rivers to help bring lessons to life, while engaging with their local environment. A trip to the local river provides great learning opportunities to find out about river habitats and wildliferiver features and processes, to investigate water quality and to delve into local history. 

Since it started, Project Kingfisher has engaged with over 9000 children, and we hope to engage many more with this additional funding. After all, they are the next generation of River Guardians!


What is the Tesco Bags of Help fund?

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p plastic bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Members of the public will be able to vote in store during July and August to decide which projects should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.


How can you help?

You can help in two ways:

  1. Cast your own vote! The Tesco stores holding votes for our project are shown on the map above. Please vote for “Reconnecting Children with Nature” to help support our education programme and help us reach even more schools.
  1. Help us spread the word! Share this blog and let your friends and neighbours know that the vote is open until August 31st. Encourage them to shop in one of the above stores, and cast their vote for us!

Thank you for your support in helping us to carry on working with local schools.