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As well as the in store promotion of "Love Food, Hate Waste" Asda St Matthews also took the campaign to the Environment day at Walsall Arboretum. The day was geared towards being more friendly to the environment and included about 140 stalls all promoting environmentally friendly activities and goods. Our campaign created a lot of interest with people learning and taking away the information from the quiz cards. There were about 3,500 visitors on the day and apart from it being a successful day, it was also very hot!
On Saturday the 29th August 2015 we were proud to support Walsall Pride for all. The day was a mix of cabaret acts, musical entertainment, stalls, food, children's rides and and many other forms of entertainment. The day was run as a series of events and activities to suit all members of the family and the underlying message was to be proud of Walsall, it's community, history and everything else it has to offer. As a symbol of support, Walsall town hall flew the pride flag outside the town hall for the day. Events started at 11.00 and finished around 18.30 where the party continued in a nearby pub throughout the night.
On Saturday 18th July we presented a community cake to Walsall Arboretum User Group. The User group works tirelessly throughout the year to promote and encourage children to become more interested in wildlife and nature. The group are all volunteers and often hold charity events to help and support local causes. The cake we donated was used at a strawberry tea party where they raised over £400 for Breast Cancer Care. It was a brilliant day, well attended and a lot of fun.
On Sunday 12th July, as part of Asda's 50th birthday celebrations, St Matthews is hosting a dementia friendly picnic in Walsall Arboretum. The idea of the afternoon is for any one living with dementia or a person caring for someone living with dementia to come along and enjoy an afternoon off with like minded people. The afternoon has a 30 piece brass band, a 30 strong choir, information and awareness stalls and various other activities throughout the afternoon. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and join us on this special day. It's a beautiful, very large site so there's plenty of room for everyone.
This strip of land used to be a paved area with a concrete picnic bench. The area was heavily used for anti social behaviour and was destroying what was otherwise a beautiful area. After a working group persuaded the council to remove the picnic bench and dig up the tarmac Asda St Matthews persuaded the council to allow us to develop a bee and butterfly friendly wild flower meadow. We sowed the seeds in March and this week all the flowers are starting to come through. It won't be really established until a few years time but it is a beautiful area and is being enjoyed by many town workers who escape there for their lunchtime breaks.
Walsall recently started a 6 week campaign to clean up all area's of the town. When asked if we would support we were given an area of waste land in front of the town centre Tesco's. Adam page gsm lead a team of "Asda community volunteers" in a campaign to clear the area. In the end we filled 18 bags of rubbish. We were also joined by the manager of Walsall town centre. There are several other litter picking events that we will get involved with over the 6 weeks.
Our Jan/Feb Chosen by you winners were our local branch of the Salvation Army. Collecting the check on their behalf was Julie, one of the kitchen volunteers
As part of the improvement of Church Hill, Walsall, we are developing a bees and butterfly friendly wild flower meadow. Originally the area was paved with a picnic bench but this just encouraged anti social behavior so the council removed the bench and Asda St Matthews along with Walsall Arboretum User Group prepared the area. Asda St Matthews bought the seeds and we spent the morning sowing and raking them in. We look forward to many beautiful wild flowers later this year and hope it will develop further over the coming years.