Honiton gallery looking to land £4,000 grant for garden

PUBLISHED: 16:41 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:08 27 June 2017

The new Thelma Hulbert Gallery garden was officially opened. Garden designer Anna Wardrop and fund raiser Emma Molony in the new garden. Ref mhh 20-16AW 7104. Picture: Alex Walton

The new Thelma Hulbert Gallery garden was officially opened. Garden designer Anna Wardrop and fund raiser Emma Molony in the new garden. Ref mhh 20-16AW 7104. Picture: Alex Walton

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Staff are now calling on Tesco shoppers to help make their goal a reality.

A Honiton gallery could be in with a chance of scooping £4,000 as part of a Tesco initiative.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), in Dowell Street, has been shortlisted as finalists for a public vote in the company’s Bags of Help scheme.

The initiative lets Tesco shoppers pick their preferred choice of three project with a token given to them in-store.

A prize of £4,000 is awarded to the most popular choice, while the second-placed project wins £2,000 and third-placed £1,000.

If THG wins, it will put the money towards a sensory garden.

Voting will be open in local Tesco stores from July 1 to August 31.

Emma Molony, THG project co-ordinator, said: “Please vote for us.

“We really want to expand our community garden for more local people to enjoy. “Help us create a sensory trail in the garden for visitors to explore texture, sound, smell, taste and visual stimuli.

“We will use plants, sculpture and musical installations for visitors to explore with all their senses, particularly for groups with physical, learning and hidden disabilities.”

The sensory garden will be created with Mill Water School and local primary schools as well as adults with learning difficulties.

They will work with artist Michael Fairfax to create sound installations and with volunteers to plant new herbs and wildflowers.

Bags of Help sees money raised by customers through Tesco’s 5p bag charge go directly back into the local community.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.

The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each area awarded grants. The bag charge has already raised millions for good causes across England and Wales.

Last year, THG landed an £8,000 donation from the Bags for Help scheme.

The gallery put the money to good use, working to add new features to its new community garden, which was created by designer Anna Wardrop.

For more information about the gallery and its upcoming events, call the team on 01404 45006.

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