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EDF Energy volunteers at Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve with Helen Wallis from London Wildlife Trust.

27 July 2011

EDF Energy employees have been doing their bit to help wildlife by spending the day working at one of London’s oldest nature reserves.

Under the guidance of London Wildlife Trust, the ten-strong team helped to clear scrub and repair pathways and fences at Gunnersbury Triangle near Chiswick on Tuesday (July 26).

Gunnersbury Triangle, which dates back to the 19th century, is undergoing a period of transformation and the volunteers have helped to rejuvenate the nature reserve, where the woodland has grown up naturally since being saved from development. The woodland houses a nature trail with visitors having the chance to spot hedgehogs, pipistrelle and noctule bats, ramshorn snails and brown-banded carder bees.

London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces while managing over forty London-wide reserves and campaigns to save important wildlife habitats.

Kamil Padayachee, an Internal Assurance Analyst at EDF Energy’s offices in Cardinal Place, London, was one of the volunteers and organisers.

He said: “We were really keen to work with London Wildlife Trust and do something that would benefit a local project that helped improve the environment for people and animals. It was a great opportunity for team building, and getting to know colleagues that you work alongside everyday outside the normal working environment.”

The volunteers’ support is part of EDF Energy’s Helping Hands scheme, which allows every employee at least two paid days each year volunteering to support local community and environmental causes.

EDF Energy volunteer, Jenny Zhao, helping to clear the overgrown nature reserve at Gunnersbury Triangle near Chiswick.

Helen Wallis, Land Volunteering Officer at London Wildlife Trust, said:”London Wildlife Trust volunteers undertake valuable work on our nature reserves.  Corporate workdays are a great way of achieving a real difference in just one day. We appreciate the support from EDF Energy as corporate members.”

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For more information contact Becky Clark in the EDF Energy press office on 01728 653 394.

Notes to editors
EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces, engaging London's diverse communities through access to our nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and education.  www.wildlondon.org.uk