Taking a well earned rest! Pictured are, from left, Barry Cooke, Andrew Horn, Julie Burke, Dave Palmer EDDC Countryside Ranger, Adam Parkinson, Mark Pemberton, James Chubb EDDC Countryside Team Leader (Sites).

Conservation tasks for team from Xylem Water Solutions

Staff from Axminster-based Xylem Water Solutions changed jobs for a day when they volunteered at Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve and worked with East Devon District Council’sCountryside Rangers.

The group spent the day under the guidance of the ranger team, collecting and burning soft rush cuttings in preparation for the winter flooding of the site.

James Chubb, one of the Countryside team leaders said that it was great to welcome the five staff for a corporate day of volunteering. He added:

While the five staff from Xylem spent the morning volunteering, we were able to explain the ecological benefits of the work they were doing. This is hugely rewarding for groups of volunteers who can look back and see what they have helped to achieve during the day.’’

Xylem is a global water technology company and one of its three main UK sites is based in Axminster. Peggy Alcock of Xylem said that the organisation is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a global month of service.

She said:

As part of this work, volunteers from across our business are getting hands on in a series of waterway clean ups. We are absolutely delighted to be able to support the Seaton Wetland’s work, particularly as it will help prepare for winter floods, an issue elsewhere that we deal with all too regularly for our customers.”

Seaton Wetlands, which is managed by the council’s Countryside team, is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who meet most Tuesdays to undertake a range of tasks. The support of corporate volunteering helps fulfil additional tasks.

To find out more about supporting the work of the Countryside team please visit www.wildeastdevon.co.uk or contact the team through email countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone: 01395 517557.