Power workers help to care for ancient woodland

Members of UK Power Networks training and development team volunteering in Bradfield Woods.

A group of power workers were raking it in when they volunteered to help look after an ancient Suffolk woodland.

Members of UK Power Networks’ Training and Development team from Ipswich spent a day volunteering at Bradfield Woods, which is run by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The woods have been managed and coppiced for over 750 years and provide wood for surrounding communities as well as a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna.

They were given a guided tour of the woodland which is home to deer, badgers, squirrels and a variety of birds. The team got to work in an area known as The Rides where the vegetation is managed on a two-yearly basis to allow smaller plants to thrive and encourage invertebrates to the area.

The group of six used rakes and forks to clear grass cuttings as they were created, so that new growth could be encouraged in the area.

Michael Strand, Suffolk Wildlife Trust community fundraising manager, said: ‘We need more people to do their bit for wildlife every day to ensure nature is thriving and abundant in Suffolk. ‘Green Team’ volunteering days like this one at Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve provide multiple benefits for those taking part and the wildlife their efforts help to support. Engagement through organised activity like this will inspire others to join our countywide movement for nature, Team Wilder, which enables everyone to play their part in nature’s recovery. A huge thank you to the UK Power Networks team for all their efforts.” 

UK Power Networks’ training and compliance manager, Simon Curtis, said: “After 18 months of restrictions due to Covid-19, it was great to be able get back to nature as a team and support our local Suffolk Wildlife Trust in the great work they do for the Suffolk countryside and wildlife.”

Quality analyst, Lesley Watson said: “It was a nice change to be out of the office, and we were very lucky with the weather. As a keen supporter and long-time member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, I wanted to arrange something to help them with one of the many tasks they have to undertake throughout the year to keep their reserves and sites so inviting for wildlife and visitors.”

The voluntary work was part of UK Power Networks Donate A Day scheme which gives the company’s 6,000 staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities

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