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Power workers rise to wildlife challenge

An energetic team of UK Power Networks Services workers is limbering up for a day’s work with Surrey Wildlife Trust next month after telling the charity: “Give us something really challenging.”

From Press releases - 27 October 2014 12:00 AM

An energetic team of UK Power Networks Services workers is limbering up for a day’s work with Surrey Wildlife Trust next month after telling the charity: “Give us something really challenging.”

If the weather is fine, colleagues from UK Power Networks Services at Heathrow Airport will be building boardwalks across muddy walkways for visitors at the trust’s Chobham Common site, the biggest national nature reserve in the South East.

If it’s raining, they will be chopping trees and scrub. Either way, it promises to be hard work.

Matt Underwood, from UK Power Networks Services Heathrow team, said: “It will be tough physical labour but we did ask for a challenge and when I told the rangers from the trust they said ‘fantastic’.”

They will be going to Chobham Common, Staple Hill, on November 4. Matt said: “We’re a close-knit team but we work in various departments. This will be a great opportunity for us all to work together on the same thing - we even have three senior managers coming along.”

UK Power Networks Services aims to give something back to the local community by encouraging staff to give two days of paid work time each year to help local charities and community groups with practical projects which need support.

The business has a longstanding relationship with Surrey Wildlife Trust.  Sustainability adviser Phil Spiby, who co-ordinates the volunteering, said: “We’re proud to support the nine wildlife trusts in the areas where we deliver electricity across a quarter of Britain. It’s good to see our volunteers in action, bringing environmental benefits directly to the local communities we serve.”

Chobham Common is renowned for its variety of wildlife, including birds, insects and 300 varieties of wild flowers, making the voluntary work there beneficial to the natural surroundings and the public. The volunteers all work on the electricity distribution network for Heathrow Airport.