Support the Berry Maze with the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, before 30 June.

For the berry maze, it seems that good news never comes alone! Within a few days, the project that has captured the imagination of South Bristol, has received two extraordinary boosts: it has reached the target on the crowdfunding campaign, thanks to the generous pledge from Growing a Greener Britain, and got selected for the brilliant Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, which means that the maze will become, without a doubt, a reality.

The crowd funding campaign managed to raise a little bit over £3800 in just one month, through the generous donations of local people, local businesses like Red Row and Ivory Flowers and grants like Greggs Foundation and Growing a Greener Britain. It was an amazing display of support, a proof of a vibrant community that makes living in Bedminster and the surrounding areas feel such a wonderful experience.

As for the Tesco Bags of Help initiative this is a community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. The berry maze will be one of the projects and you will be able to vote for it every time you buy something – it doesn’t have to be a bag – till 30 June at the participating stores. You can find out more about this on their facebook page – TheBerryMaze2017.

The maze that will cover over 800 sqm of land in the Brixham Road Open Space – part of the busy foot/cycle path Malago Greenway – will be using a design based on the drawing of Harry Ward, a 9 year old who won the dedicated competition at Parson Street School and will feature as many as 200 plants, 5 planters, 2 benches and a huge drawing on the central cement slab.

The extra money from the Tesco Bags of Help grant would provide the project with a much needed safety net, allowing for any potential draw-backs to be covered. It will also mean major improvments to the initial plan, like using mulch instead of the weed fabric – a much better solution in the long term – both from a practical point of view (the mulch is more effective in keeping the weeds at bay and looks a whole lot better) and an environmental perspective (it is a natural material that doesn’t harm the soil). Also, the money would cover for some better benches and perhaps some lights that would make visiting the maze after dark possible.

With all these amazing news coming their way, no wonder that the organisers are over the moon. “When we started this campaign, we wouldn’t have even dared to dream that in one month we would reach our target!” says the project initiator, Raluca McKett. “With all this great news comes a whole lot of responsability and we are now striving to engage as many volunteers as possible. It’s the beggining of a life time adventure, but now, for the first time, we can say without a doubt that we will be building our berry maze. Thank you to everyone who contributed and please vote for us in the Tesco stores!”

Anyone interested to volunteer can contact the team on malagocommunity@gmail.com.”

All the best,
Raluca McKett

The Malago Greenway Team