Saintly Volunteers Rejuvenate Diamond Jubilee Wood

Be A Saint Volunteers And Friends Of Diamond Jubilee Wood Friday 15 March 2019

Phoenix Natural Gas and the Gas Market Operator for Northern Ireland recently joined forces to participate in an environmental initiative at Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead as part of ‘Be a Saint Day’ on 15th March.

The event, organised by Business in the Community, aimed to encourage businesses to support the beautiful landscape across Northern Ireland through employee supported volunteering.

As part of its corporate social responsibility programme, Phoenix Natural Gas invited the Gas Market Operator for Northern Ireland to collaborate on the conservation project.

Working with members of Friends of Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood, a team of eight volunteers from both organisations spent the day carrying out weeding and mulching of the community orchard.

Mark Raphael, General Manager of the Gas Market Operator for Northern Ireland, said, “GMO NI manages the commercial rules and all trading and transactional aspects of the gas transmission market in Northern Ireland. This initiative was a great opportunity for us to work alongside Phoenix Natural Gas and contribute to the environmental improvement of Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead. By helping to maintain the woodland and orchard, we hope to provide a long-lasting benefit to the local community.”

The activity was part of a nationwide Be a Saint Day volunteering programme which saw thousands of employees across the UK participate in local environmental projects with the aim of maintaining and improving local landscapes.

Geri Wright, Phoenix Natural Gas Communications Manager said, “Phoenix Natural Gas is actively engaged in a corporate social responsibility programme which seeks to give back to the communities which we serve. We do this in a number of ways through our own initiatives and also in association with Business in the Community, with whom we have enjoyed a long standing relationship and undertaken various community activities.

“Be a Saint Day was a fantastic opportunity for us to work alongside with the Gas Market Operator for Northern Ireland and demonstrate our environmental commitment to the local community. Phoenix Natural Gas is currently extending the natural gas network to Whitehead, so it was a great opportunity for us to get hands on and really make an impact on the local area. Volunteers from both organisations had a fantastic day and we thank Business in the Community for putting together such a great and rewarding initiative.”

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