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Havering shoppers award forest charity £12,000 through Tesco scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:22 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 18 March 2016

Imogen Morrish, aged two plants snowdrops with her mum, Rebecca Geoghehan at Thames Chase Forest Centre in Upminster

Imogen Morrish, aged two plants snowdrops with her mum, Rebecca Geoghehan at Thames Chase Forest Centre in Upminster

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A forestry charity will receive the lion’s share of a grant raised through the plastic bag levy.

Recorder readers voted to award Thames Chase Community Forest, Pike Lane, Upminster, £12,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which awards funds raised by the 5p bag charge introduced in October to community charities.

London Borough Of Havering will also receive £10,000 for Highview Residents’ Association to fund a play area at the Hillrise Estate, Collier Row, while The Friends of Bedfords Park, Havering-atte-Bower, will be given £8,000 towards its food-growing project.

Thames Chase Community Forest has been working for more than 25 years to improve 40 square miles of forest, covering parts of east London and south west Essex.

Trustee Mary Wright said: “We are very proud that we have attained the money and we will put it to good use.

“We have a tree nursery that needs a lot of refurbishment and we are going to upgrade it and use it as a teaching area.

“It will provide trees for the forest and provide education opportunities for children and adults.”

Readers voted in Tesco stores between February 27 to March 6 to decide how much of the fund the three charities would receive.

Caroline Silke, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Tesco ran the scheme with charity Groundwork.

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18.

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