Birmingham needs your vote!


The Birmingham branch of Thrive, based in Kings Heath Park, is bidding to bag a cash boost from Tesco and we need your vote!.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Thrive’s project, based in the former TV gardens in Kings Heath Park, will go head to head with two others in the Birmingham area and shoppers will decide the outcome. Voting takes place from Wednesday March 1 to Saturday April 29.

Thrive wants to modify an area of the garden to enable greater access for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. The charity, which has been established for almost 40 years, uses gardening as a therapy to help people with disabilities or ill health, or those who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

The addition of these raised beds will provide a much-needed increase in the available accessible areas for client gardeners who are either in a wheelchair, are stroke survivors with limited mobility, or the young people from local Special Schools who attend every week.

Amanda Fields, manager of Thrive, Birmingham, said: "The raised beds would enable our horticultural therapists to fully engage all gardeners in our social and therapeutic horticulture programmes.

"It will increase our ability to plan individual activities to fully help each client gardener to improve their particular health needs and work on goals they want to achieve."

You can vote for Thrive at 14 Tesco Express Stores in the city including those in Kings Heath, Halesowen, Frankley, Selly Oak, Stourbridge, Bournville and Barnt Green and the Tesco Store in Quinton and the Metro in Rubery.

Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: "Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.

"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.

"They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.

"We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."