A group of volunteers has been championing its local heritage, donning their wellies to help restore one of Wiltshire’s historic canal basins.
Graduates from npower’s offices in Swindon spent a day helping the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust in its regeneration of the Latton Basin, a derelict canal junction at Cricklade.
The group provided much needed physical support, removing tree roots from an aquaduct stone wall and clearing weeds from the banks, rejuvenating the canal area and helping to create a haven for wetland and hedgerow wildlife.
The Graduate Volunteers Day saw npower graduates support seven projects near to its operations across the UK. As a Volunteering England initiative in support of Volunteers’ Week, which took place in June, it is the latest drive from the organisation to encourage staff to support projects in their local community through its employee volunteering scheme.
Daljit Raju, team leader from npower, said: “The Latton Basin is a real hive of nature, and provides a valuable corridor for wildlife in the hedgerows to move from habitat to another.
“We are really pleased to have been able to participate in reinvigorating an area which is such a haven for the local environment.”
Ray Aldridge, director of Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, said: “Our canals are an invaluable part of our heritage which people still enjoy today.
“A number of npower employees have volunteered on site, and on each occasion their enthusiasm and the quality of their work has been excellent, far exceeding our expectations. Today has given the project a huge boost, and we would welcome the volunteers back any time.”
The canal restoration is the second Graduate Volunteers Day project to take place in the Swindon area, which also saw the rejuvenation of the grounds at St Luke’s Church in the town centre.
Pictured from left to right: Daljit Raju, Ross Campbell (both npower), Ray Aldridge (Wilts and Berks Canal Trust), Abby Greenall (npower)