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People power clears ragwort
1:40pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
STAFF members from Southern Electric recently spent the day getting their hands dirty in aid of local wildlife, clearing ragwort from the grass fields at Marwell Wildlife.
The team of 16 were able to lend a hand through the company’s Community at Heart scheme which allows staff the opportunity to take a day out of their normal work routine to help a group in their local area.
Hayley Lewis, customer service manager for SSE, said: “We chose Marwell as they needed help clearing ragwort from the fields, a plant that is poisonous to the animals and has spread over a large area.
“It was great looking around the zoo and seeing the animals but the best feeling was looking around, seeing how much we managed to clear and knowing how much it helped.
“The experience has been great fun and I would recommend it to anyone else looking for a volunteering opportunity.”
Dr Martin Wilkie, conservation biologist at Marwell, said: “We are hugely grateful for the enthusiasm and hard work of the volunteers who have assisted us with our chalk meadow restoration. Marwell Wildlife is engaged in restoring habitats and enhancing wildlife and is passionate about connecting people with nature.
“It would not have been possible to move forwards on this long-term programme of restoration works without the man-power provided by SSE.”
SSE staff members have already completed a staggering 2,025 Community at Heart days across over 200 projects since April this year and continue to assist and reach out to local communities across the UK and Ireland.
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