Stubbylee Park scoops Tesco Bags of Help funding for garden restoration

Published May 23, 2018 at 16:28

Stubbylee Park in Bacup is one of the latest groups to have made a successful bid to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to manage its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 10p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects, every 2 months.

Stubbylee Park came second in the in-store vote in the Tesco Bags of Help in the Haslingden and Rawtenstall stores, to receive a grant of £2,000.

The funding will allow Rossendale Borough Council, working with the Friends of Stubbylee Park to restore and replant the sunken garden with fruit trees.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:

We’re delighted that the public vote for this project has enabled us to start work on the Sunken Garden. This is the next stage in the masterplan for Stubbylee Park and lots of people are working really hard to make sure the whole park is a fantastic place for residents to spend time.  Many thanks to Tesco for supporting us!

The Tesco Bags of Help fund is looking for local community groups and schools in the Haslingden and Rawtenstall area to apply for the funding in time for the next deadline in late May. Anyone interested in the funding should contact their local enabler, Liz Edwards on 0161 220 1000 or email

Liz said:

Each year, across the two stores we are allocating £42,000 to local initiatives and we are looking for groups and schools to apply now.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.  We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.


Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit:

Watch this video of Cllr Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, talking about the funding news:

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