We are pleased to be able to announce that, in coordination with the Gloucestershire Environmental Education Partnership, our 'Fun in the Forest' event has been shortlisted for funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative, which distributes money gained from the 5p carrier bag charge (see www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for further details).
Mark Stead, Education Project Manager at Severn Wye said,
"It is so important that we provide children with opportunities to engage with the natural world. When I think back to my own childhood, we were always building dens, climbing trees and discovering all sorts of creatures. Many of today’s children are missing out on these opportunities and spend a lot of their time glued to computer screens and mobile phones. It is only by connecting people with the natural world that they will develop a real deep-seated love and respect for it. I feel so proud when we hear a child ask their parents if they can come back to a particular location or repeat an activity themselves back at home because I know that we have planted the first seeds of a love of the natural world that will live on with that child throughout their life and will hopefully be passed on to their own children."
We will be competing against two other projects and, should we win, schools will be able to attend the event at Westonbirt Arboretum free of charge.
You will be able to vote for the project in Tesco stores in Stroud, Cam and Dursley, Cirencester, Tetbury, Nailsworth and Wotton Under Edge. You will be given a token at the check-out in store each time you shop and voting is open in stores from 2 January to 28 January. We would really appreciate it if you could encourage as many people as possible to vote for us!