Carrier bag cash funds free nature play trail at Seaton Wetlands

Tesco carrier bags have helped fund new a nature-themed play trail at Seaton Wetlands to encourage people to spend more time outdoors.

The £4,000 grant was given to East Devon District Council (EDDC) by Bags of Help coastal funding.

Carrier bag cash given to EDDC for the free-to-visit Seaton Wetlands nature reserve will be used to build wooden animal sculptures for children to climb on, install magnifier posts for closer inspection of bugs and leaves, and sculpted seating for visitors.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We’re very grateful to Tesco for this grant. The Seaton Wetlands nature play trail will benefit thousands of people.

“All points along the trail will be located on the main footpaths, with people being able to repeat activities many times on successive visits.

“The experience will be different each time – depending on the seasons, the members of the group taking part, the weather conditions and an individual’s imagination on the day.

“We hope it will improve people’s health and wellbeing, provide opportunities for quality time spent together with friends and family, and promote engagement with local green spaces and a broad understanding of wildlife.”

The grant to EDDC was awarded after Tesco customers cast their Bags of Help votes for good causes by using blue tokens handed out at checkout points in their local store.

Rhodri Evans, for Tesco, said the latest round of funding was made to groups and charities dedicated to improving and preserving the coastline.

Seaton Wetlands

 

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