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Bryngarw Country Park Volunteer Group attend Tesco Bags of Help Westminster Reception

Bryngarw Country Park Volunteer Group attend Tesco Bags of Help Westminster Reception Bryngarw Country Park’s Volunteer Group was one of just two local community groups chosen to represent Wales at a prestigious parliamentary reception in Westminister last month. The event, hosted by Tim Loughton MP, celebrated the partnership between Tesco’s Bags of Help funding scheme and the environmental charity Groundwork.

The funding scheme has provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects since its launch in 2015, with all groups selected by customers voting in their local Tesco stores. Through Bags of Help, money raised by the sale of carrier bags to fund local projects with grants ranging from £1,000 upwards.

Bryngarw Country Park has received two grants – the first to add benches and expand its ‘Keepers trail’ into the Orchard and Woodland Garden, both areas accessible to those with limited mobility, and the second to fund training for the volunteers in the rural skill of cleft fencing, which has further improved these areas.

Leigh Foreman, who is secretary of the Volunteer Group and member Peter Lees, who is also a Trustee for Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which operates Bryngarw Country Park, attended the reception where they shared their Bags of Help experience with other attendees, MPs and peers, charity partners and volunteers.

Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, Richard Hughes, said:

“It is fitting that Leigh and Peter were invited to represent the volunteer group, and Wales, at such a high-profile occasion, having helped to secure significant funding for Bryngarw Country Park. We are working towards to making Bryngarw as accessible to all as possible, and the funding which has been used to source benches and improve the pathways around the Orchard and Woodland Garden, as well as enhancing both areas, is part of this commitment. We thank all the volunteers for their continued work and support in helping to make Bryngarw a beautiful place to visit and enjoy all year round.”

The Bryngarw volunteer programme was established in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength. Now, between 25 and 60 volunteers meet on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 2pm, donating their time and effort to preserving the Park’s natural environment. Please visit for more information on becoming a volunteer.

For more information please contact Toni Cosson on 01656 725155 or email