A TEAM of volunteers who dedicate their time to improving the lives and health of people across Bury are appealing for the borough's support.

As part of a new project, Friends of Burrs Country Park hope to engage residents with the countryside and encourage positive mental wellbeing.

The team has been shortlisted to receive a cash award through the Tesco Bags of Help community fund.

Funding would also enable the group to provide a range of new low to high level activities at Burrs, from fishing sessions, to gentle strolls, and improved access to canoeing, to name a few.

Laura Ettrick, on behalf of Friends of Burrs Country Park, said: "We are very excited to have been chosen to take part in the Tesco Bags of Help at the Ramsbottom store.

"This funding would allow us to put on a host of activities that would appeal to a wide range of people.

"The improvements will be long lasting and enable generations of people to benefit for years to come."

Burrs Country Park is located north west of the town centre and covers an area of 36 hectares of scenic countryside.

In 2018, for the ninth year running, it was awarded the prestigious Green Flag award, given by Keep Britain Tidy to acknowledge quality, cleanliness and maintenance.

In total, 12 of Bury's parks have received the prestigious Green Flag Award, given by

Friends of Burrs Country Park is one of three groups that have been shortlisted to receive a cash award of either £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000.

Customers are invited to vote at the Ramsbottom Tesco store throughout May and June, using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”