Its a tree-mendous way to celebrate our ground-breaking electric buses!04-03-2019
They're a sparkling success that's turning heads in Harrogate, putting our spa town firmly on the map as a UK green travel trendsetter – and now we are celebrating our futuristic all-electric buses by branching out into the spa town's beautiful woodlands!
A key benefit of our new Harrogate Electrics buses is their fume-free operation, leading to significant reductions in emissions on the town's streets – and now we have planted an oak tree on West Park as we looks to make the town an even greener place.
We are planning to plant one tree for every 10,000 miles covered by our electric buses – meaning an impressive 40 trees will be planted in woodland areas around Harrogate every year.
Our CEO Alex Hornby said: “Our electric buses are helping to clear the air right across town – and when we introduced them in 2018, we promised to plant one tree for every 10,000 miles they cover.
“It works out at around 40 trees per year, and now that our first tree is in place, we'll be planting more in woodland areas around Bilton, Jennyfield and in the pine woods near Pannal Ash.
“The switch to electric buses is about making a long-term positive change to the environment. Alongside our amazing buses, our trees will help by absorbing even more carbon dioxide emissions – and everyone who travels with us can relax in the knowledge that every mile they travel is making Harrogate a greener place.”
Our tree-mendous idea is being welcomed by conservationists in Harrogate. Keith Wilkinson MBE from the Bilton Conservation Group said: “The Harrogate Bus Company's pioneering move from diesel engines to low-emission electric buses is blazing a trail for a clean, green future.
“We welcome these tree planting initiatives in Nidd Gorge and the Pinewoods, which will absorb and lock up many tonnes of man-made carbon dioxide emissions for a lifetime.”
Neil Hind from the Pinewoods Conservation Group said: “Our Group is very pleased to see any initiative that reduces carbon emissions around the Pinewoods, and the introduction of these electric buses does just that.
“We look forward to being able to add these new trees to our current woodland, and to working with The Harrogate Bus Company on this exciting project which will benefit many areas of Harrogate.”
Travel on one of our Harrogate electrics on sundays in march for free using our Sunday Freeway.