THE restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal received a welcome boost after a team of Good Energy volunteers swapped deskwork for digging.
Staff from the renewable energy company in Chippenham lent their support to the creation of a new woodland and wildflower meadow alongside the nearby waterway. They helped with protecting hedgerows and sowing seeds at Pewsham Locks, as well as planting trees at Naish Hill.
Their work forms part of a larger project by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to create a wildlife corridor along the stretch which is steadily being restored between Chippenham and Lacock. The visit was hosted by the charity’s Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch.
Branch wildlife officer Howard Yardy said: “We were delighted to welcome such an enthusiastic team and are grateful for their support. They threw themselves into their work and completed in a few hours what would otherwise have taken us several days without the extra pairs of helping hands.
“We hope it will encourage other local businesses to get involved, quickening the pace of restoration and providing an even more attractive amenity for the local community.”
Good Energy sustainability and facilities manager Cherish Jackson said: “We want to power a cleaner and greener future so we were keen to support a local project which boosts biodiversity. We were joined by colleagues from sales, finance and customer operations and they all enjoyed the experience.
“It was fascinating to learn more about the history of the canal and how it’s being restored, and to play our own small part in bringing it back to life. Everyone’s eager to return!”
The aim of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is to restore the waterway from the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade and the River Thames near Abingdon, connecting Chippenham, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.