ServicesPower CutsHelp


Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Volunteers’ efforts bear fruit for wildlife charity

Employees from UK Power Networks’ offices at Bury St Edmunds and Potters Bar spent a day picking apples at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve

From Press releases - 29 September 2017 12:00 PM

UK Power Networks team group at Tewin Orchard.jpg

Volunteers from the country's biggest electricity company saw their efforts bear fruit for charity at a popular orchard.

Employees from UK Power Networks' offices at Bury St Edmunds and Potters Bar spent a day picking apples at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve near Welwyn.

A total of 13 staff volunteered for the day in support of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust who are hosting a community Apple Day on Sunday 8 October.

The fruit picked by the volunteers has been pressed and will be sold as juice or chutney at the event - which will raise funds and awareness about the importance of orchards nationwide.

Sean Tyrell, a commercial manager for UK Power Networks, said: 'The weather was definitely on our side and was beautiful all day so we managed to pick a significant number of apples exceeding expectations as we filled the number of containers we given several times over and worked hard throughout the day.

“It is great to be able to get together as a team and help out in this way, especially with such a big event on the horizon for the charity. We had a lot of fun, but what we enjoyed most of all was making our own contribution to such a fantastic cause.“

Lesley Davies, chief executive of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, said: “We were delighted that UK Power Networks staff were able to join our annual apple pick at Tewin Orchard. The group provided invaluable support as we have had such a large fruit harvest this year.

“Our annual Apple Day is coming up and all the apples that were picked have been pressed into juice or used to make chutneys. Both will be sold on the day with the proceeds going to local conservation work.“

UK Power Networks, which delivers the East of England’s electricity supplies, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community. Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company's volunteering scheme.


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

Caption, group image and individual shot of Sean Tyrell from UK Power Networks helping out at Tewin Orchard ahead of Apple Day.

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 or tweet us @UKPNnews