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National Grid helps keep green spaces going

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National Grid shareholders have donated £116,000 to The Conservation Volunteers, helping them plant over 22,500 trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The Conservation Volunteers are a group of volunteers who create and maintain green spaces in our communities across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

“National Grid are one of our longest standing private sector partners and have, for many decades, helped us to connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both," said Darren York, CEO of The Conservation Volunteers. "We’re immensely grateful to National Grid and their shareholders for supporting our ambitious plans to plant 5 million trees by 2025."

The Skelton Grange Environment Centre has been supported by the National Grid since 1992, allowing The Conservation Volunteers to create a massive ten acre nature reserve. This nature reserve is full of different habitats, from woodland and hedgerows to ponds and meadows, allowing nature and animals to thrive.

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Since its conception, Skelton Grange Environment Centre has been able to welcome 180,000 children and adults to its grounds to learn, share and enjoy what nature has to offer - a feat that wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the National Grid.

“Improving and enhancing the natural environment of non-operational land near our sites is an important part of our efforts to be a Responsible Business," said Duncan Burt, the Chief Sustainability Officer for the National Grid, about their work with The Conservation Volunteers. "Working with The Conservation Volunteers is critical to this, and we’re proud to be part of their work to create, develop and care for green spaces."

Off the back of an initiative to encourage National Grid shareholders to switch to paperless communication, this perfect partnership has launched an initiative to plant carbon-sequestering trees and hedgerows across the UK.

The National Grid shareholders then donated the value of their £116,000 worth of shares to The Conservation Volunteers. This enabled them to take their conservation efforts one step further and plant over 22,5000 trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Inspired to act?

VOLUNTEER: Join with The Conservation Volunteers all across the UK to help create, improve and preserve our green spaces.

DONATE: Give to charities like Wildlife Trusts to help protect our wildlife and wild places.

GET INVOLVED: Fundraise for The Conservation Volunteers to help them protect nature in our communities.


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