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Schoolchildren add finishing touches to £1.6m cable upgrade project



Year five pupils from Huyton with Roby Primary School swapped their pencils for spades recently to help plant trees and flowers in South Alt Greenway as part of a greening project backed by SP Energy Networks and Knowsley Council.

The greening scheme marks the completion of a £1.6m project to improve the electricity network in the Huyton area, replacing and renewing over 20km of existing 33,000 volt cable.

The children helped to plant new spring bulbs including daffodils and trees before returning to the classroom for a lesson on electrical safety with engineers from SP Energy Networks.

SP Energy Networks Engineer, Dylan Oliver, said: “Our aim is to help educate children on the potential dangers of electricity both in and out of the home through a range of activities and games that promote safety around electricity in a fun way.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: “The ScottishPower investment has contributed to improving the biodiversity in the area through tree planting and planting 500 bulbs. It’s great to see local school children getting involved in a project which will bring spring colour to South Alt Greenway.

“We’ve also matched the Scottish Power investment by carrying out improvement works, including repairs to the sandstone wall on Liverpool Road. “

The class all came together to tell us about their experience, adding: “We had a spectacular afternoon planting bulbs and then learning about electricity. We discussed the dangers and how to stay safe. Making circuits holding hands in a circle was amazing!”

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