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Woodland transformed for wildlife by volunteers

Volunteers have transformed an overgrown woodland in Ringmer into a welcoming wildlife habitat.

From Press releases - 1 August 2017 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks staff teamed up with Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare today to give ducks and geese easy access to a pond which was hemmed in by dense shrubbery and brambles.

They trimmed back young willow trees and scrub to allow the wildlife to move through the area and be seen by visitors. The sanctuary has six staff looking after a 43-acre site and relies on regular volunteering groups to maintain the site, while keeping costs to a minimum.

Estate manager, Dave Norris, said: “Looking after a 43-acre site is a constant challenge for our staff and volunteers. That is why it is amazing when we have groups like UK Power Networks coming in to help us, as they can make a big difference. Many hands make light work. They have done a fantastic job and we really appreciate it. They have worked hard.

“We are recycling as much as possible. The willow leaves are chewed by our horses, as they have a natural chemical similar to paracetamol which relieves their aches and pains. The scrub goes on the mulch heap and bigger branches are used for birds in our aviaries.”

The volunteers from UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on in the area, work in the legal department in Crawley. The company has a volunteering scheme which encourages all staff to give two paid days leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in their local communities.

Robert Cooke, one of the volunteers from UK Power Networks, said: “It’s nice to give something back to the local community we serve, get out from behind our desks and do something as a team. It is a really worthwhile charity and there are lots of families and children enjoying the summer weather and wonderful facilities here.”

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare marks its 65th anniversary this year. The charity cares for over 2,000 animals a year, rehoming over 1,000 animals including dogs, cats and small animals and providing a permanent sanctuary to even more, including donkeys and horses.

Alleviating animal cruelty, rehoming, providing sanctuary for animals in need and educating people about how to care for animals is at the heart of everything they do. The sanctuary is open daily from 10am to 4pm and welcomes donations.