National Grid engineers visit Brompton Cemetery to lend a helping hand

A group of volunteers from National Grid’s flagship London Power Tunnels project took time out from their busy schedule to help tidy up Brompton Cemetery, which is thought to be the resting place of more than 205,000 burials.

Ten volunteers who work at the project’s nearby Earl’s Court site pulled up weeds and cut back hedges at the cemetery under the direction of members of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

Afterwards, the volunteers were treated to a special tour of the cemetery, which included a visit to the graves of some famous names including Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and John Wisden, a cricketer most famous for founding the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

Gareth Burden, Project Manager for the London Power Tunnels project, said:

“National Grid is committed to having a positive impact on the areas in which it works and we were delighted to have the opportunity to help with some maintenance work at Brompton Cemetery. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Friends of Brompton Cemetery for helping us to organise the day and giving us a fascinating tour of the grounds afterwards.”

The London Power Tunnels project involves the construction of 32km of tunnels which will house electricity cables that will help keep Londoners plugged into safe and reliable power supplies.

Two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) – Evelyn and Cleopatra – are currently carving out this vast subterranean electricity superhighway deep below the capital’s busy streets. The project is due to be complete and operational by 2018. For more information go to http://londonpowertunnels.com

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