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Volunteers help maintain ancient woodland

Volunteers from an electricity firm have been helping to maintain an area of ancient woodland in Ipswich.

From Press releases - 18 December 2017 12:00 AM

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Employees from UK Power Networks’ office in Bury St Edmunds spent the day coppicing an area of hazel woodland at Spring Wood, which forms part of Belstead Brook Park.

Seven members of the firm’s connections team – Jack Ward, Jeremy Brown, Mick Willet, Paul Keeble, Ivan Churchman, Jeremy Harper, and Sam Magennis – joined volunteers from Ipswich Wildlife Group to carry out the work.

Project designer Jack Ward said: “We had a great day working as a team to help coppice the area and get involved in a local project.

“We coppiced an area of the wood and then prepared the hazel to be sold by them to raise funds for the charity. Coppicing the hazel in this area has the added benefit of keeping it under control so it doesn’t grow and interfere with the electricity conductors above.”

Gerry Donlon, warden for the Ipswich Wildlife Group, added: “This is ancient woodland which needs to be managed so we need as many volunteers as possible to help us do that. The group from UK Power Networks were absolutely brilliant, they did a huge amount of work over the course of the day and we would love to see them here again.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, gives all staff the opportunity to spend two working days each year helping good causes.