National Grid volunteers spruce up Finsbury Park
By JulieGK | Thursday, July 26, 2012, 14:59
A team of National Grid volunteers took time out from working on the flagship London Power Tunnels project to help clear up Finsbury Park.
More than 20 engineers swapped hard hats for wellington boots as they joined
local London Wildlife Trust staff for the event this month.
The project team worked on various tasks in the park including cutting back
vegetation around the Oxford Road entrance to the park to improve accessibility
and visibility for park users, removing weeds from the shrub beds around the
central play area and installing bird and bat boxes around the northern section
of the park.
The event was part of the project team's Environment Week initiative, which
involved having an extra focus on eco-friendly practices and activities.
National Grid's Head of Cable Tunnels, Dave Luetchford was one of those
He said: "National Grid is committed to the areas in which it works and
events like Environment Week provide the perfect platform for our team to
contribute in a really positive and long-term way to the local area.
is important to us that as well as working to improve London's electricity
infrastructure, we also leave behind a local legacy above ground for everyone to
Haringey Councillor Nilgun Canver, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
"Our parks are very precious and it's fantastic when people give
up their time to help us keep them looking really good. The recent long periods
of rain mean that weeds have thrived making it very difficult to keep on top of
things before the next cloudburst makes mowing or weeding impossible. I thank
the engineers for their help and all the volunteers and Friends of Parks who
help with the upkeep."
The London Power Tunnels project is a major National Grid scheme that
involves the construction of a 32km subterranean electricity superhighway deep
beneath the capital's busy streets.