New electric car charging point for Chew Valley
An electric car charging unit has been installed at Folly Farm Centre, Avon Wildlife Trust’s education, conference and wedding venue in Stowey. The installation of the charging point makes it easier for people with electric cars to visit the Centre and explore its 250-acre nature reserve.
The charging unit enables two cars to charge at once, which provides a full recharge from empty in three hours. It was donated by Zero Carbon World, a charity that supplies electric charging units to the hotel and leisure industry. Folly Farm Centre will now be added to Zero Net, a network of pay-as-you-go charging stations across the country.
It is hoped that the charge point will encourage sustainable modes of transport to the Centre, enhancing Folly Farm Centre’s sustainable credentials and adding to established eco-features such as biomass heating, solar energy, rain water harvesting and the fact that all profits from the Centre are gift-aided to Avon Wildlife Trust, the largest local wildlife charity.
Folly Farm Centre’s Director, Andrew Lund-Yates, said: “As a sustainable venue, we are delighted to offer this service to our visitors. With Bristol entering centre stage as European Green Capital 2015, our customers are becoming increasingly environmentally aware and we are glad to add electric car charging as an additional eco-feature."
Cara Naden, Zero Carbon World trustee, said: “Currently, cars account for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Switching to electric cars will result in cleaner local air and lower emissions nationwide.”