Energy company transforms a Retford community cafe

The EDF Energy team with Tanice Ellis, owner of Lounge Cafe in Retford
The EDF Energy team with Tanice Ellis, owner of Lounge Cafe in Retford

The garden of a Retford community cafe has been given a makeover thanks to an energy company.

A team of volunteers from EDF Energy’s CCGT Project at West Burton Power Station help to transform the Lounge Cafe garden into a suburban retreat for its patrons to use.

The Retford-based community cafe is operated on a non-for-profit basis and EDF Energy felt it would benefit from a garden make-over.

In its original condition the space was unused but following the transformation it can now be used as a relaxation area and a hub for community events.

“Our team is building a new 1300MW gas-fired power station at our West Burton site near Retford and strongly feel part of our local community,” said director of CCGT development, Graeme Bellingham.

“Every year we undertake a ‘Helping Hands’ day, which is our opportunity to give something back to the community that supports us.”

“This year the CCGT team decided to support the DN22 community cafe in Retford, whose garden was in desperate need of a makeover. Both the cafe staff and the residents who use the cafe were delighted with the results and our team ended the day with a real sense of pride in the finished garden.’

Tracey Simpson, project controls and support manager, said: “Helping Hands has been a great success this year, the cafe manager Tanice was overwhelmed by the generosity of the EDF Energy CCGT Team and was thrilled with the end result.”