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Vote for Balgowan Primary's new Forest School in participating local tesco stores - NEW VOTING DATES JUST RELEASED


- Vote for Balgowan's Forest School from 31 October - 13 November at your local Tesco store -

Balgowan School in Beckenham has been nominated to receive valuable funding to create an exciting and interactive forest school as part of the new Tesco/Groundwork - Bags of Help community initiative.*

The school has won a successful bid and will be one of the first community organisations to receive a grant to help create the new forest school on the site of the Balgowan school field on Westbury Road in Beckenham.**

This fantastic opportunity will mean that the children at Balgowan will have regular access to outside learning and play, away from the main school site. The forest school will also be opened up to other local community organisations who will also benefit from this exciting outdoor resource in the future.

In order for Balgowan to receive the full award of £12,000 they will need the support of the local community who will be given the chance to vote for the Balgowan forest school project at selected Tesco stores between 31 October - 13 November.***

Participating stores include:

Beckenham Express – 408 – 424 Croydon Road, Beckenham

Elmers End - Superstore - Croydon Road

Bromley Superstore - Homesdale Road

Bromley  Express - Plaistow Lane

Bromley Express - Westmoreland Rd

Bromley Express - 3-5 High St Bromley

Penge Express –  High Street Penge

Penge Express – 162 – 179 Croydon Road, Penge 

Crystal Palace – Express – Anerley Rd

Orpington Extra - Augustus Lane

Sidcup Superstore - Edgington Way

St Pauls Cray Express  - Sevenoaks Way


Headteacher at Balgowan, Maria Veysey said: "We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop an inspiring and creative outdoor space that will benefit the children, staff and the local community."

Balgowan Primary School is based on Balgowan Road in Beckenham and has been established in the local community since 1920. It is a three-form entry school with 674 boys and girls in attendance.


*More about the Bags of Help initiative:

  •  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 of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. For more information please log on to:

** The field on Westbury Road will still primarily be used for the children’s sporting activities, as well as housing the new forest school.

*** How to vote for the Balgowan forest school in store:

  •         Customers will receive a voting token in store with every transaction where they can vote for the Balgowan forest school initiative.
  •        Groups will be notified of their grant award by the end of November 2016
  •        #Bagsofhelp / #votebalgowanforestschool / @Tesco_London

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