Energy workers with a passion for the outdoors braved chill conditions to repair a well-used section of cycle path for mountain bikers at the Queen Elizabeth Park. 

From Southern Electric’s offices in Havant, Dave Goulson, Graham Banks and Damien Baldwin, left their computers for a day to turn themselves into volunteer ground workers. 

And after a day of digging, shovelling, raking and laying hardcore aggregate, they had repaired a muddy section of the cycle trail to make it much easier to ride and to extend its lifespan. 

Dave Goulson, who is also part of the cycle trails’ committee at the Queen Elizabeth Park, explained: “The park has two mountain bike trails, one of which has been upgraded over the last two to three years by volunteers.  We opened it last year and it’s been a huge success with the park seeing a massive increase in usage by cyclists. 

“After a year of hard use, it needs repair in some sections and this is what we were doing, removing very muddy sections by digging down to the base chalk layer and filling it with hardcore aggregate, which should provide a weatherproof and enjoyable trail to ride. 

“It certainly made a complete change from our normal day job!  We shifted about one ton of aggregate through the day, which was hard graft, and we all had aching muscles afterwards, but it was well worth all the effort.  More work will be required to improve the second trail, which we are hoping to start later this year. 

The team from Southern Electric was able to volunteer its services as part of the company’s Community at Heart scheme, which gives employees a day away from the office to help out in the community.  

Southern Electric is a leading UK-owned provider of electricity and gas. Its principal centres of operation are in Havant, Reading, Portsmouth and Basingstoke. Southern Electric’s parent company, SSE, supplies more than 9 million customers through its retail brands, Southern Electric, SWALEC, Scottish Hydro and Atlantic. SSE is one the UK’s largest generators of electricity with over 13,000 MW of generation capacity in total (UK and Ireland). More information at http://www.sse.com/Home/

For more details on the QECP Cycle Collective go to www.qecptrailcollective.co.uk 

 

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