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Power firm volunteers give helping hand to Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Volunteers from the country’s biggest electricity company channelled their energy to support the conservation work of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

From Press releases - 11 October 2018 12:00 AM

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Members of UK Power Networks’ design team spent the day at North Cove nature reserve near Beccles to help protect the rare species of birds and wild flowers that populate the site.

The power workers from the company’s Bury St Edmunds and Colchester offices were tasked with helping to manually clear a meadow which is an essential annual task to preserve the natural habitat.

Ellen Shailes, a Broads warden for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said: “I’d like to thank the volunteers from UK Power Networks for their help managing one of our brilliant local nature reserves.

“North Cove is an important reserve because of the huge diversity of wildflowers that grow there, some of which are extremely rare. Cutting and clearing the meadow is always a big job, so it is brilliant when we can get some extra help.”

Nick Beese, from the design team at UK Power Networks, said: “We already have a strong partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and it was a natural choice for us to volunteer with them.

“We all enjoyed the time we spent there as a team, though it was pretty labour intensive work! We had to put in a real shift, but it was pleasing to see the difference before and after our work.

“It was also good on the day to meet some of the other volunteers from the local community who thanked us for what we did and as a group we’d be delighted to give it another go next year.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers the electricity supplies to homes and businesses across the East, South East and London, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community. The company has a partnership with nine Wildlife Trusts across the areas it serves.

North Cove is one of 53 nature reserves managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside as the county’s nature charity.