Energy staff clear Witheridge wetland
MUD failed to deter a team of volunteers from EDF Energy who helped clear part of a Devon river valley of scrub, to restore wetland plants and create potential winter shelters for animals. The 11 staff from the energy company s Gadeon House office on Ex
MUD failed to deter a team of volunteers from EDF Energy who helped clear part of a Devon river valley of scrub, to restore wetland plants and create potential winter shelters for animals.
The 11 staff from the energy company's Gadeon House office on Exeter Business Park, joined forces with members of Devon Wildlife Trust's 'Working Wetlands' team for the event within the wildlife-rich valley of the Sturcombe River at Witheridge.
The marshes worked on were part of a private holding, one of several which form a local network of wild sites - some farmed and some, as in this case, no longer farmed.
Karen Hosking, one of the volunteers who took part, said: "We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and our spirits certainly weren't dampened by the amount of mud. We removed overgrown branches and brambles, built woodpiles for animals to use, and helped clear a large area of scrub. It should make a real difference to the wildlife in the area which is fantastic."
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The volunteers' efforts were all part of the energy company's Helping Hands volunteering scheme. The scheme allows all staff at least two days of company time a year to support local community and environmental projects.
As a partner of DWT, EDF Energy provides volunteers throughout the year to work at different DWT sites around Devon.
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Stuart Coleman of Working Wetlands said: "Voluntary activity is really important to our project, and to Devon Wildlife Trust as a whole. If volunteers can tackle even a fraction of the huge workload of securing wildlife-rich wetland sites for the future, their efforts will have been worthwhile, and we very much appreciate the continued support of corporate supporters such as EDF Energy".