Wood benefits from power workers’ tree planting

Electricity workers have channelled their energy to support the conservation work of Norsey Wood nature reserve in Billericay.

Members of UK Power Networks’ engineering design team planted more than 200 trees between them, over the course of a single day at the site.

The mixed tree saplings, mainly consisting of oaks, mountain ash, alder, hazel, hawthorn, poplar, sycamore, horse chestnut, silver birch and a few wild roses will help restore and manage the wood.

For their day jobs, the UK Power Networks team members are responsible for the design of substations and cable routes in Greater London to enable growth in the city.

The team has undertaken additional awareness training to ensure electrical infrastructure projects are delivered with the greatest respect to local communities and the environment.

Norsey Wood, owned by Basildon Borough Council, attracts around 60,000 visitors a year and is a habitat for species such as dormice and pipistrelle bats.

Andrew Carr, who led the volunteer team alongside fellow organiser Piotr Stasiuk, said: “We were scheduled to plant around 150 trees, but ended up doing about 220 in the end.

“The trees absorb a lot of carbon dioxide so there is a huge environment benefit to planting the next generation of woodland to help protect the wildlife who have made it their home.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the East, South East and London, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in their local community.

The company has already achieved an 18% drop in its carbon footprint since 2015, and launched its own Green Action Plan earlier this year, which will see 100 substation sites improved to help wildlife and increase biodiversity.


Mick Ferris

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