Pennine Trail

Many hands…

Blazing a tidy trail

Walkers and countryside fans can enjoy the beauty of one of Britain’s most picturesque routes thanks to a National Grid task force

More than 60 staff had a rest from the daily business of keeping electricity flowing to help tidy up the Trans Pennine Trail ahead of the busy summer walking season.

Engineers and office based staff from across the region rebuilt dry stone walls, cleared Himalayan Balsam, built bird boxes and fences to make light work of some very laborious jobs.

National Grid Pennine volunteers day
Volunteers rebuild a dry stone wall and carry out maintenance work

The volunteering day was organised following the donation of a £20,000 Bringing Energy to Life grant from National Grid to the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail to help with path maintenance work and in monitoring visitor numbers.

Christopher Hawkins, who organised the day on behalf of National Grid said: “We have a number of important projects going on in the Peak District and the surrounding area, all of which play an important part in our work to keep the lights on.”

National Grid volunteers clean up the Pennine trail
Two National Grid volunteers take a quick breather

Christopher added: “People will have seen the work we’ve been doing to upgrade power lines alongside the Trans Pennine Trail and to replace cables running through the Woodhead Tunnel. We’ve also recently delivered a new transformer to our substation at Stalybridge and are in the early stages of developing a project to bury a section of power lines in the National Park near Dunford Bridge.

“It’s wonderful to see National Grid’s commitment to the environment and sustainable travel…”

“It’s been good to have a change from the day job of keeping electricity flowing to do something to benefit the many people who visit this beautiful part of the country.”

Mandy Loach, Trans Pennine Trail Officer, said: ”It’s been a busy few years with National Grid works along the Trail in the Longdendale Valley and Dunford, so it’s wonderful to see National Grid’s commitment to the environment and sustainable travel with the tremendous turn out for their work day.“