Tesco Greenfield has lent its support to a patrol helping toads get across Chew Valley Road. Dozens of volunteers are joining the store’s Community Champion, Greg Barratt, in getting the animals safely to the nearby Tanners millpond.
The volunteers, along with countryside and highways officials, will be scooping the toads into buckets to get them across the road. The patrol will be operating over the next couple of weeks between 7pm and 9pm, which is when the toads are typically on the move.
Greg used to be the village postman in Greenfield before taking up his new job when the supermarket opened in December. The toad patrols have been operating in the area for the past seven years. Tesco has donated buckets, high-visibility jackets and signs to help.
In a statement issued by Tesco, Greg said: “With the milder spring weather we are expecting to help maybe up to 2,000 toads. They always go back to breed in the ponds where they were born and in this case it takes them across the Chew Valley Road. They have been doing it for generations.”
On the right of the picture above is Bill Davidson, who is the new manager of the Tesco Greenfield store. Anna Wisniowski, who oversaw the opening of the supermarket, has been promoted to run a larger shop elsewhere.
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