Summerhill set for £12,000 boost thanks to carrier bag levy

Work ongoing at Summerhill.
Work ongoing at Summerhill.

A Scandinavian-themed outdoor area is being transformed at Summerhill after being awarded a cash boost from Tesco.

The supermarket has teamed up with community charity Groundwork after cash was raised through the five-pence bag levy and put into environmental and community projects.

Summerhill has been awarded £12,000 as a result of a vote by shoppers who were able to choose the local cause that should benefit from the grant.

The carrier bag charge was put in place in October last year.

The transformation of Summerhill aims to encourage children to learn and explore wildlife.

John Swallow, outreach officer at Summerhill, said the investment will provide a huge boost to the site and help young people ebjoy the area.

He said: “We think it’s vital that children experience the great outdoors in all its glory; the Scandinavian concept of the outdoors as an extension of the school classroom is what we’re trying to instil.

“We have 100 acres that can be freely accessed, however we noticed that it wasn’t entirely fit for purposes, which is why we put in the application for funding to rework the space.

“We’re so grateful for the funding from Tesco, it will really help us to reach the wider community and share the benefits of the great outdoors.”

The Summerhill space is frequently visited by Catcote Academy, however the affects of bad weather over the years made the area difficult to access.

New plans will see the modification of the area to make it more wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Staff, volunteers and students from the Academy are pitching in and getting involved in the transformation.

Summerhill was awarded £12,000 to build a footpath, with turning circle and a new viewing platform.

Work started at the end of last month, is expected to take around 12 months, and will include the removal of existing fences, installing a wheelchair accessible gate and re-landscaping.