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Graduates take time out to help community

Staff from electricity distributor UK Power Networks will be getting their hands dirty down on the farm and swapping their hard hats for gardening gloves next week to support their local community.

From Press releases - 9 May 2014 12:00 AM

Staff from electricity distributor UK Power Networks will be getting their hands dirty down on the farm and swapping their hard hats for gardening gloves next week to support their local community.

About a dozen workers who are part of the company’s graduate and year out programmes are heading to Sutton Community Farm on May 16 as part of Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day.

They will be preparing areas used for growing tomatoes and climbing beans, building the support structures for the vegetables and then planting hundreds of tomato and bean plants. The farm has just three paid growing staff producing vegetables for the farm’s VegBox scheme so the group’s contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Louise Mitchell is the graduate programme’s consultant at UK Power Networks. She said: “The farm is a great local resource, particularly for local schools.

“We at UK Power Networks like to contribute to the communities we serve and a day like this not only benefits the farm but helps us develop as a team.”

Charlotte Steel, one of the growers at the farm, said: “At this time of year we find we are at our busiest – there’s so much to do, especially preparing the soil and planting crops.

“Having corporate volunteers like those from UK Power Networks will be a tremendous help – we’ll be able to get an awful lot done in one day that would normally take us a long while.

“We like to think we provide a unique opportunity for people to have a team day here, honing different skills that they wouldn’t use in the office. They will help to make our social enterprise a continuing success.”