Tesco-shoppers in Lewisham Borough can vote to raise money for a new Prehistoric Garden featuring a dinosaur sculpture here at the Horniman.
We are one of three local organisations set to benefit from a grant from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.
We will use this grant to create a new Prehistoric Garden, designed around existing trees and featuring plant species which all date back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
If shoppers vote for the Horniman to receive enough money, the garden will also feature a dinosaur sculpture.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Wes Shaw, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman, says:
We're really excited that Tesco shoppers are helping us create this new display of prehistoric plants and trees – including an amazing Wollemi pine, thought to be extinct until 1994. Our current exhibition Dinosaurs: Monster Families is proving how popular dinos are with our visitors – and now they can vote to make a dinosaur sculpture a permanent fixture in our Prehistoric Garden.
Shoppers in Tesco and Tesco Express stores throughout the Borough can vote for the Horniman from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March inclusive, by using the token given out with each purchase.
The fifteen participating stores are:
- Bell Green Catford Express
- Catford Rushey Road Express
- Deptford High Street Express
- Downham Bromley Rd Express
- Forest Hill Express
- Grove Park Express
- Hither Green Lane Express
- Lewisham High Street Express
- Lewisham Way Express
- Loampit Vale Express
- Marine Wharf Express
- Sydenham Express
- Sydenham Road Express
The other beneficiaries of the Bags of Help grants in Lewisham are the Albany Theatre in Deptford and Community Teachsport in Catford.