June 17, 2024

Electric pedal power tackles nature reserve work

News from Wales

Countryside officers have cycled in a climate change tackling trial. An E-Cargo trike has been…

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Countryside officers have cycled in a climate change tackling trial.

An E-Cargo trike has been put to trial at Rhyl’s Brickfield Pond site to tackle the area’s daily work schedule.

Instead of using a fossil fuel powered vehicle at the site to help perform daily tasks, officers tested out the trikes capacity to support them and ultimately help reduce carbon output.

Sustrans loaned the trike for use by Countryside officers across NE Wales which are designed to help reduce emissions, reduce operating costs and help improvement engagement with community members while out working.

The trike was trialled at Rhyl’s Brickfield Pond during June this year and has also been tested at Greenfields in Flintshire, the Urdd in Denbigh and at Chirk Castle.

While at the nature reserve the e-cargo trike was used to carry out fencing work and to allow rangers to carry tools and equipment between their base at Brickfields Ponds and a variety of sites where strimming, brush cutting and pruning works were needed to maintain public access.

Cllr Win-Mullen James, Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “We are striving to reduce our carbon footprint and testing this vehicle strongly supports our drive to rely less on fossil fuel driven vehicles.”

“We are grateful for the loan of the E-Cargo Trike from Sustrans, Countryside staff have enjoyed putting it through its paces. It has also helped us engage more with people using the areas around the nature reserve and allowed us to highlight our climate change work.”