Employees revamp community park

(Photo shoot 0515-023) May 2015.  E.on employees take part in a community challenge at Newstead and Annesley Country Park in conjunction with RCAN (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire)
(Photo shoot 0515-023) May 2015. E.on employees take part in a community challenge at Newstead and Annesley Country Park in conjunction with RCAN (Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire)
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E.ON employees used their own energy to transform a country park near to their workplace.

A group of over 100 volunteers from the firm’s Newstead Court office in Annesley have collectively donated more than 700 hours of their time as part of a one-day challenge to revitalise Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

The volunteers, who work in a team that helps to deliver energy efficiency improvements in people’s homes, worked tirelessly to improve the ecology of the site and help encourage more habitable wildlife.

The makeover should also help to make the park a more enjoyable place for the local community to visit.

Volunteer and manager of the energy efficiency team, Nigel Dewbery, said: “This has been a great opportunity for the Energy Efficiency Team at E.ON to work together to support the community on our doorstep.

“We hope that by undertaking this challenge more of the local community will be able to use the site and enjoy the wildlife there.

“We also hope that our involvement will raise further awareness in order to encourage much needed volunteers in the community to become involved in the long-term projects at the park too.”

During the day the team built fencing to protect resident wildlife, undertook gardening and landscaping of the site and painted the education and visitor centre.

The 220-acre country park is managed and maintained by Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) and is based on the former Newstead colliery site.

Rob Crowder, CEO of RCAN, said: “The E.ON volunteers have made a huge difference on the site and their support has meant that we’ve been able to achieve lots in a short space of time.

“This has enabled us to provide a more interesting and exciting eco area for our local community, who are already really proud of the park.

“We’ve been working to re-develop the area for a few years now and we’re very much reliant on grants and community initiatives in order to continue with the redevelopment.”

In 2011 the area received a Big Lottery Fund grant for £430,000 and was featured on the BBC series ‘Village SOS’.