London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via Newham Recorder
A primary school in Manor Park, east London is set to receive £12,000 towards developing gardens for their pupils as part of a charity drive by a local newspaper and the supermarket chain Tesco, the Newham Recorder reported yesterday.
Kensington Primary School, which caters to pupils aged between 3 and 11 years, was a finalist in a competition run between Tesco and the Newham Recorder as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which has a pot of £30,000 from sales of carrier bags which will be split into three grants of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Members of the public will get to decide which school or organisation will benefit from the scheme. Shoppers will be able to vote for who gets which grant at their local Tesco supermarket from the 27th February to the 6th March 2016.
Staff at the primary school plan to overhaul the outdoor spaces in order to ‘provide a vibrant and educational outdoor environment’, the Newham Recorder commented. Kensington Primary’s business manager, Shazidur Rahman, spoke with the Recorder as to why his school needed the grant.
“Something we’ve found is that a lot of the kids don’t have a local park to go to,” Rahman said.
“We want to put lots of different flowers and plants in and teach the children about them.”
Kensington Primary has already identified a number of suitable places on its premises to redevelop in order to bring the outdoors to its pupils’ doorstep and give them valuable educational and recreational opportunities which are otherwise in short supply locally.
Rahman further commented “It depends when we get the money, but we hope to start work this spring,”
“We think the school holidays might be a good time to get people in and work on the garden.”
Other than overhauling the school’s open spaces, the primary also plans to purchase large planters for the playground, special signs to indicate different types of plants, learning trails and specially commissioned wall art, all of which are intended to improve the school environment and appearance, as well as help their young pupils learn about their natural world and surroundings.
“It’s fantastic that we’re one of the shortlisted organisations,” said Rahman.
“The more money we can get, the more we can develop the school.”
The Tesco Bags of Help scheme is run all across England and Wales and involves community groups bidding for shares of £30,000 grants allocated to 390 regions identified by the supermarket nationally as one of the UK’s largest grocery outlets. The grants come from the sale of 5-pence carrier bags by Tesco stores, which the retailer has been legally obliged to charge for since October 2015.