News article created on 1 November 2016

Help make a bee-line for Birmingham - Trust shortlisted for Tesco award

The Trust, is urging people in Birmingham to vote for a project to create a new wildlife park in the centre of the city, as part of the Tesco’s ‘Bags for Help’ campaign.

Birmingham Canal

The scheme, which is run by Tesco and environmental charity Groundwork, uses the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags in stores, to create or improve green spaces in communities and local projects.

If successful the Trust, will ‘green up’ a 1½ mile of section of canal to bring waterway wildlife to the doorstep of people living and working in central Birmingham.

The project includes ambitions plans for a new urban orchard along the canal towpath, a ‘bee-line’ of nectar rich flower beds for pollinators and a series of new bird and bat boxes.

Paul Wilkinson, senior ecologist from the Trust, said: "Birmingham famously has more miles of canals than Venice and every one of those miles matters to us, to the wildlife that lives there and to the millions of people who use and enjoy the city’s waterways each year. Winning this vote won’t just be good for the canals, it will be good for Birmingham!"

Voting begins in Tesco stores from 31 October until 13 November. Customers choose which project they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store. The result are due to be announced at the end of November.