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23rd March 2016
40 senior managers from NuGen rolled up their sleeves, pulled on their wellies and spent an afternoon supporting environmental improvement schemes in the communities of West Cumbria.
NuGen’s leadership team took time out from a regular planning workshop to join the West Cumbria Rivers Trust, which is running a programme of tree planting and river bank stabilisation on two stretches of Black Beck near Beckermet (a key tributary of the River Ehen) which have been identified as vulnerable to flooding.
Alexandra Brennan, NuGen’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for NuGen staff to volunteer their time to an excellent project, which will significantly reduce flood risk and have a real positive impact on the local environment.
“We want to be a part of the community in which we operate, so this is the start of a long term relationship - which will result in an improvement of the habitats and the environment close to our Moorside Site.”
Mike Farrell, West Cumbria Fisheries Project officer, Environment Agency said:
“Black Beck is a very important tributary for young salmon and sea trout on the River Ehen catchment. Together with a range of partners, including the Egremont Anglers Association and Natural England, we put together a plan to boost the habitat for fish stocks in sections of the beck near Beckermet. This work will help make the beck much more productive and we should start to see real gains in the coming years.”
Site Characterisation work, to inform the design and layout of Moorside and support licensing and consents required to build the new nuclear power station, is progressing well on site with the off-shore element of the work scheduled to start in the coming weeks.