Doncaster Green Space Network was set up a year ago and is chaired by Doncaster City Council and consists of many different ‘Friends of’ groups in the local area. They help maintain local parks and green spaces, so that they are a friendly, safe and welcoming area for everyone to enjoy.
A recent survey carried out by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) shows that there is a risk that parks and green spaces ‘may fall back into a state of neglect and decline’. In the Doncaster area, there is a continuous problem with littering, anti-social behaviour and some green spaces are used as a cut through between residential areas, where littering is at its worst. Keep Britain Tidy believes that quality parks and green spaces are vital to ensure we have vibrant, sustainable and healthy communities.
The Tesco Bags of Help scheme will help halt this decline in local parks and green spaces in Doncaster by funding several ‘Superbins’ helping to improve site cleanliness and increase community involvement. The Superbin has been designed by volunteers and contains all the equipment they need to clear litter, such as: litter picker, dustpan and brush, gloves, hand sanitizer, bin bags & hoops, volunteer log book etc. These Superbins are accessed via a simple code lock which individuals can access at any time, seven days a week. Committed individuals may also be given the code, enabling people to litter pick in the spur of the moment, perhaps while walking the dog or out for a leisurely stroll.
Keep Britain Tidy believes that these Superbins “could totally change the way that our parks and green spaces are managed”, giving the local community the opportunity to “take ownership back of their local space” and recognise that they should be more responsible for their local area. Local schools and community groups could also litter pick in these local parks to help educate them about the environment and the impact littering has.
If you want to help the Doncaster Green Space Network keep local parks and green spaces fresh, clean and green then please vote for them in the following Tesco stores:
- Armthorpe Doncaster Extra
- Doncaster Barnsley Express
- Bentley Doncaster Express
- Wheatley Doncaster Express
- Wentworth Rd Doncaster Express
- Station Rd Hatfield Express
- Bessacar Doncaster Express
- Doncaster Extra
- Doncaster Edenthorpe
If you are interested in applying for the Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme, you can find out all the information you need here.