ServicesPower CutsHelp


Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Path to success in Cuckfield

Waterlogged footpaths in New England Wood, Cuckfield, were given an upgrade by volunteers.

From Press releases - 25 June 2019 12:00 AM

Cuckfield path success June 2019.jpg

Following recent downpours, nine staff from UK Power Networks joined New England Wood Trust on Friday (June 21), tackling muddy pathways by installing tonnes of wood chip. The group also assembled new benches made out of wood cut directly from the wood.

Robert Cooke lives near the woodland and organised the challenge for his colleagues in the legal department through UK Power Networks’ volunteering scheme, Donate a Day, which gives the company’s 6,000 staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities.

He said: “It’s a lovely wood where I often walk my dog. Every time I walk through the wood I cannot help but notice the amount of effort that the trust and its regular volunteers must put into taking care of the wood. There are many paths that run through the woodland which after prolonged rainfall can become waterlogged and impassable, so people deviate from the paths - which is bad for the habitat. The aim of our work with the trust is to help stop some of the paths getting so waterlogged, so people can stick to the designated trails.

“It’s an opportunity to help look after the environment, give something back and go home with a warm glow. We are an office-based team so it’s great for the team to get out into the countryside to do something together that helps an area where we distribute electricity to homes and businesses.”

New England Wood consists of 27-acres of broadleaf wood that includes hazel, beech, ash and sweet chestnut. New England Wood Trust relies on donations and volunteers to improve, protect and conserve the woodland and welcomes support with its ongoing conservation work such as all-weather footpaths, fencing and clearance.