Hilsea Lines get a makeover by Southern Electric staff

DIGGING IN From left, Christina Young, Jim Estey and Ming Li, repairing a fence at Hilsea Lines. Picture: Sarah Standing (13867-6020)
DIGGING IN From left, Christina Young, Jim Estey and Ming Li, repairing a fence at Hilsea Lines. Picture: Sarah Standing (13867-6020)

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WORKERS took a more hands-on approach to their jobs by swapping a day at the office for the day in the woods.

Southern Electric gave 25 employees the chance to give something back to the community by spending the day clearing up Hilsea Lines.

The volunteers from the offices in Penner Road and Langstone Park, Havant, were split into three groups which had a different task to help spruce up the woodland.

They were all equipped with gloves, boots and high-visibility jackets to help keep out the cold.

One group used their hammers and pickaxes to fix and replace broken fences that line the main pathway through the trees.

Another had forks and rakes to level out current pathways and create new ones, making it safer for people who walk there.

The last group had hedgecutters and were chopping through the thorns and low-hanging branches to make the paths clearer for dog walkers and cyclists.

Tim Eccleston was in charge of the project and it was his idea to work at Hilsea Lines.

He said: ‘We wanted to help out a local community area and we have got 25 volunteers from the Havant offices to do that.

‘This is an area I used to live by and I know how popular it is with people in the area so I suggested we spent a day sprucing it up.

‘There is a ranger who works here but Hilsea Lines is 80 hectares which is a lot of land to cover. By spending one day on three small parts, we have helped him a lot.

‘This is all part of the Community At Heart scheme which sees volunteers given a day off to be involved in giving something back to the community.’

The scheme is run by Southern Electric and gives organisations and charities the chance to have extra help with whatever they need.

Tim said: ‘We’re looking for organisations that are looking for volunteers to get in touch with us and they can receive those extra pair of hands they might need.’

For more information on the scheme visit southern-electric.co.uk/aboutus/helpinghands/