Councillor Andy Stafford with the electric grass strimmer

Worcester Council invests in electric grounds maintenance equipment

Worcester City Council has bought its first set of electric grounds maintenance equipment as part of a continuing drive to reduce carbon emissions from its daily work to keep the city looking ‘beautiful’.

The new electric gear includes hedge trimmers and grass strimmers, all powered by batteries, which council workers wear strapped to their backs.

It replaces old petrol driven equipment that had come to the end of its life.

The electrically powered kit enables the authority’s Street Scene team to cut the grass, tidy the hedges and manage trees across Worcester just as effectively as the old equipment, but with a smaller environmental impact.

Commenting, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Andy Stafford (pictured) said:

“It does the job really well and reduces the amount of CO2 emissions as we carry out our work keeping Worcester clean and tidy.

“This equipment is much lighter, thanks to the ‘Ghostbusters’ style battery pack strapped to your back, replacing the old heavy fuel tank.

“It’s also better for staff because it vibrates less, and is much quieter, which is good news for residents.”

Introducing the new electrical grounds maintenance equipment is in line with Worcester City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030, which sets out steps for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The council is working with the Worcester Environmental Group to reduce the frequency of grass verge cutting at some locations in the city, as well as to introduce new techniques to encourage more wildflowers to grow.

PSE will be hosting a Public Sector Decarbonisation event on 9 September. 
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