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On the path to conservation

An electricity company’s legal team is going the right way to aid conservation.

From Press releases - 13 June 2014 12:00 AM

An electricity company’s legal team is going the right way to aid conservation.

Twenty colleagues from UK Power Networks in Crawley are to use one of their community volunteer days to improve a footpath into Upper Pickett’s Wood on the outskirts of Gatwick Airport.

The treasured green space is one of Gatwick’s conservation areas and is managed for the airport by Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Kevin Lerwill, project officer for the trust, said: “Apart from a few dog-walkers, not many people know it is there, even people who work at Gatwick. It’s a very nice woodland area and we want to make it a bit more accessible.”

The legal team will help by staking in logs to define the edge of the path and spreading bark chips to give it a firmer surface.

Kevin said: “The path gets very wet and muddy and we needed to improve it so more people can enjoy the woodland. It will be great to have this help from the UK Power Networks volunteers – we’re hoping it’s a fine day for them.”

The team will be working in the woodland on Thursday, June 26. Sue Credgington-Jones, company secretarial and legal assistant, said: “It’s a lovely area and very close to our office so we thought it would be a good place to help out.”

UK Power Networks is the company that keeps the lights on for more than eight million customers across the South East, London and East of England. It actively promotes volunteering and gives staff two paid days a year to help projects that benefit the community. So far this year, staff have given more than 900 hours volunteering time.