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THE camp fire was burning when staff from Southern Electric stopped for tea and biscuits at The Sustainability Centre in East Meon.

Their outdoor snack was well earned as it provided a break during an energetic day spent coppicing at the eco-oriented centre.

The group carefully cut a large section of willows planted in an area of wetland and by the end of the day they had successfully coppiced numerous willows.

Their unusual day away from the office was part of the company’s Community at Heart scheme, which gives staff a day off from their usual jobs to do voluntary work for a local charity or organisation.

The group was from Southern Electric’s telecoms team at their customer service centre in Penner Road, Havant.

Alan Hay said: ‘We know about the great work done by this centre, and its principles fit well with our own company’s sustainability aims, so we asked whether they would like a small group of eager volunteers. We had an absolutely fascinating day.’