A community group’s dream of creating a green oasis in a Fulham park is a step closer to reality after receiving a cash injection.
Community group Sands End Associate Projects in Action (SEAPIA) has won £12,000 of funding thanks to supermarket chain Tesco’s Bags of Change initiative.
The group will use the money for its ‘The Big Community Plant Up’ project, to get local people young and old to plant up the empty flower beds in William Parnell Park.
“We are delighted such a worthy project has won this vital cash boost,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“Not only will this project help with the council’s ambition to be the greenest in the country, but will bring old and young members of the community together in a way that benefits everyone. We were delighted to support SEAPIA’s funding bid and we’re grateful to everyone who voted for them to win.”
The group was shortlisted for a share of £12.5 million the supermarket giant had raised through its 5p plastic bags levy.
The decision of who should win was made by a public vote, with SEAPIA fending off the attentions of two other community groups keen for a share of the cash. The money will be used to buy tools, equipment and plants for the project.
“This cash will enable us to work on the project for a full year, creating new areas for planting and development and opportunities for volunteers to learn new skills from more experienced project members,” said an excited and delighted Julie Cavanagh of SEAPIA.
“It will bring the community together to take pride of their local park, with children also be doing weekly litter picks in our clean-up campaign.”
Through the Bags of Help initiative, Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to offer grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 which are awarded to environmental and green space projects.