Picking up community spirit

National Grid supports Mark village in their annual litter-pick

The Hinkley Connection Project team helped Mark Parish Council and other volunteers with their annual litter pick on Friday 18 March, keeping the picturesque village looking pristine.

Our team worked with local residents and councillors to remove more than ten large bags of rubbish from environmentally sensitive rhynes, surrounding fields and roadside ditches in Mark, Somerset.

The work also cleaned up several footpaths and ecologically important hedgerows, improving quality of life while helping the village remain attractive to ramblers and safe for local animals, including birds, bats and rabbits.

The group of volunteers then gathered in the centre of the village to see Reverend Chris Judson, Parish Priest for The Huntspills & Mark, bless a young tree; planted to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Standing under a clear blue sky, Chris thanked everyone for coming along, and for all the work they have done to help the parish. She prayed for the community to continue working together to ensure Mark remains a lovely place to live and visit for current and future generations.

The National Grid team enjoyed the opportunity to further engage with the local community, speaking about the work we’ve done together in Mark since starting to build the new electricity connection that is needed to connect homes and businesses to sources of low carbon energy and help the UK achieve net zero by 2050.

Gillian Burnell, Project Communications Manager, for the Hinkley Connection Project, said: “We’re proud to support Mark and the efforts of volunteers to keep the village looking beautiful. It was great to join the parish council and other local residents at this event, helping clean up fields, paths and streams.

“We are committed to giving back to the communities and looking at alternative ways we can help and support them in the areas in which we work. Mark is a great example of a community that has engaged with us to realise a wide range of benefits and how our Community Grant Programme and volunteering can help make a difference locally.”