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30 March 2022

Hammersmith & Fulham Parks Go Electric to Fight Climate Change

On Wednesday the 17th of March, Hammersmith & Fulham Council invited grounds maintenance contractor idverde to display some of the new electric-powered equipment that keeps H&F green spaces looking their best. 

“Our parks and green spaces ensure a high quality of life for our residents and wildlife,” says Cllr Sharon Holder, H&F’s Cabinet Member for Strategy.

“These new electrical tools will support the vital work of our open spaces and will ensure we can continue to work towards a greener, more sustainable future.”

On display was a new, greener tractor, and road sweeper, two all-electrical ride-on small lawnmowers and an electric transport van. These new electrical vehicles and other power tools were required as part of the council’s new grounds maintenance contract.

The new five-year contract, which started last month, required the successful company to use a ‘green fleet’. Seventy-five per cent of the ground maintenance vehicles will be electric by the end of the year, along with all handheld tools, to improve air quality and fight climate change. The switch to electric power is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 51 per cent.

Fighting climate change

Hammersmith & Fulham is taking action across parks to fight climate change and become the country’s greenest borough.

Local residents and school pupils recently helped to plant their second ever Tiny Forest in Normand Park, Fulham. A third forest is planned for Eel Brook Common, Fulham, later this year. Each Tiny Forest features around 600 native trees and shrubs, with species chosen based on a site’s soil, desired canopy heights and benefits to wildlife.

Within their first three years, Tiny Forests can attract up to 500 different species of plant and wildlife, from ladybirds through to hedgehogs, increasing an area’s biodiversity and helping to tackle climate change.

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Climate emergency

In 2019, H&F declared a climate and ecological emergency and pledged to improve the local environment for future generations and cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

They are committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels to ensure they reach the target. Read more about the Vision for 2030 here.

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