TESCO Bags of Help

Jealotts Hill Community Landshare is again working with the Tesco Bags of Help programme supported by Groundwork, to apply for a grant to purchase a new shed for storage and a canopy for volunteer seating.

Voting has begun, and will end on Friday 30th June. JHCL can be found at Tesco stores in Ascot High Street, Martins Heron, Warfield and Forest Park Express.

The Tesco Bags of Help programme

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.
Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart – administers the funding and is are working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.
Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month.
Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.
Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units near store entrances.

JHCL is looking for project volunteers to join the team

Jealotts hill site view

As JHCL welcomes greater numbers of individuals and groups from the local community, and the Landshare develops, we are now looking for volunteers to help with a specific area, project or topic, based at the site. This will create teams of volunteers, working together towards the same goals.

These areas include, but are not exclusive to:

– Sensory Garden (Planting and sensory features)

– Orchard & Vineyard management

– Produce growing (Soft fruits & Vegetables)

– Biodiversity (Recording & Environmental contribution)

– Barn storesman / Tool maintenance

– Welfare room (Cleaning & Hygiene)

These opportunities will involve planning, and hands-on work, to help us manage and develop important aspects of the project. Working alongside the Project Manager, staff and other participants, volunteers will be developing these areas through the sharing of ideas, methods and hands-on tasks with other individuals.
Experience and/or knowledge in a chosen area is preferred for these roles, formal qualifications are not required.

Do you enjoy gardening and being outdoors, but don’t have a specific interest?
Individuals with any level of horticultural and environmental knowledge, skills and time to offer, are welcome to join the project as volunteers, working independently or as part of a team. Within our community environment, there is
always chance to learn and share ideas.
It is the individual’s choice to focus their time on one chosen area of the site, or on all areas of the land with varying tasks day to day.

Would you like to help the project, but are not sure how you can? Are you not a gardener?
We are happy to speak to anyone on an individual basis to discuss how you can be involved in supporting the project.
This could be discussing time commitments, personal difficulties such as a disability or injury, and supporting you to help you achieve and enjoy your time at the site.
There are non-gardening roles which volunteers can focus their time on, which can include attending local public events representing JHCL, small admin roles, marketing, photography, Bee Keeping and flower display making.
At JHCL, part of our ethos is the learning and sharing of skills, so if you have a talent or skill which we don’t currently cover, or you would like to discuss any of the above, please do get in touch.