23 May 16

Torness team lend helping hand

A group of community minded staff from EDF Energy’s Torness power station recently gave Dunbar Primary School a helping hand. 

Three members of the maintenance team and two apprentices spent the day building a greenhouse for the school. 

It is part of a scheme within EDF Energy called ‘Helping Hands’ which allows staff to take two paid days off a year to help out in the local community or for an environmental cause. 

John Withers, one of the team from Torness who helped at the school said, “We are delighted to have helped with these improvements. All of the team really enjoyed the day and we are extremely pleased with the results of our work.” 

Ms Corinna Edwards from Dunbar Primary School said: “We are thrilled that the team from Torness gave up their time to build the greenhouse for the school. Lochend Campus Garden Club raised the money themselves and bought the greenhouse more than two years ago. We are delighted that we can now plant early in the year for our school garden plots. This will enhance the teaching and learning about seeds and plants by engaging the pupils in a hands-on activity.” 

Poppy Fletcher is in Primary 7 and has been a member of the Gardening Club and Eco Committee for three years, she said: “It is fantastic that they would want to help build the greenhouse. It is going to help us so much with growing tasty vegetables as well as growing fruit. These will be put to good use in our school lunches.”

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.