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Volunteers take a walk on the wild side

Volunteers from UK Power Networks’ offices in Maidstone and Crawlthe have been helping to spruce up a wildlife park in Kent.

From Press releases - 25 September 2017 12:00 PM

Volunteers from UK Power Networks help out at Wildwood in Kent

Volunteers from an electricity firm have been helping to spruce up a wildlife park in Kent.

Employees from UK Power Networks' offices in Maidstone and Crawley spent the day at Wildwood in Herne Bay helping to clear foliage and debris from the wolf and wild boar enclosures and re-barking some footpaths.

About 20 staff volunteered for the day and one of the team leaders Peter Elsworth said they managed to get a lot done, especially as the weather was good on Wednesday (20th).

He said: “The weather was definitely on our side and was fine all day so we managed to clear a lot of logs and dead wood from the wolf enclosure, as well as foliage from the wild boar enclosure.

“Helping out at Wildwood is always popular and we had so many volunteers come forward that we have arranged to help out there again next month.“

Wildwood is home to 200 native British species at its 40-acre site in Kent.

Picture caption 1: Many hands make light work: UK Power Networks staff Jemma Stolworthy, left, and Harley Jeavons, along with Mat Wallbank, Joe Weston and Peter Elsworth volunteer to help out at Wildwood in Kent.

PicturePicture caption 2: Volunteers from UK Power Networks help out at Wildwood in Kent.

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For more information call Jenny Chapman in the UK Power Networks press office on 03301 591712.

Notes to editors: UK Power Networks is the country's biggest electricity distributor, making sure that the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Network operators are not the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times' Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or tweet us @UKPNnews