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Putting down roots in the local community

A group of volunteers from UK Power Networks Services gave up their time to head to Streatham Common last week.

From Press releases - 13 March 2014 12:00 AM

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A group of volunteers from UK Power Networks Services gave up their time to head to Streatham Common last week.

They spent the day planting trees as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Climate Week activities which focused on increasing the native woodland cover of Streatham Common, an important green space in Lambeth, South London. The team managed to plant more than 50 trees, as well as clearing a large area of brambles, as part of the site’s ongoing woodland management.

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Tracy Anderson, who organised the event and is a personal assistant at UK Power Networks Services, said: “It has been great to see people give up their time and do something for the local community. There was a real cross section from different parts of the organisation and hopefully this will make a difference to the local people who use the common.”

All the staff gave up their time as part of UK Power Networks Services’ staff volunteering programme. The initiative allows staff to give two days of paid work time each year to help local charities and community groups with voluntary work.

Carlo Laurenzi OBE, Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust said, “We are really grateful to the staff of UK Power Networks who volunteered to work with us on Streatham Common, assisting us with a major project to enhance the woodland and wildlife potential of this important London park. As well as planting trees, the volunteers also helped us manage the spread of brambles, enhancing the grassland habitat and improving sightlines for the many people who enjoy using the Common.”