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Bitts Park ‘Garden of Memories’ shortlisted for Tesco’s Bags of Help funding

[A] park in Carlisle is in the running for a Tesco’s Bags of Help funding award.

The Eden Valley Hospice ‘Garden of Memories’ in Bitts Park has been shortlisted for the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative and could receive some funding to help make improvements to the site.

During February 2017 residents can vote for their favourite project every time they go shopping in their local Tesco store.

Carlisle City Council’s Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, Cllr Chris Southward, said: “By visiting Tesco’s and putting your token in the Bitts Park box you will be helping us to raise money for new surfacing which will improve access to the ‘Garden of Memories’, Bitts Park. The garden is a joint project between the City Council and Eden Valley Hospice. It provides people with a peaceful and calming environment to remember loved ones and also serves as a means to raise funds for both the Hospice and Jigsaw – Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. I’d urge local residents to visit their local Tesco’s store and vote for Bitts Park.”

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public can vote in store until the end of February.

More information about Tesco’s Bags of Help is available at

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