02 03/02/2011

Staff go green for travel award

CHESTER Zoo’s intrepid travellers have been going green and doing their bit for the environment.

By putting their best foot forward, hopping on their bikes or sharing lifts, staff have been finding alternative ways to travel to and from work.
The zoo’s Green Travel scheme offers incentives for staff who clock up the most ‘environmentally-friendly trips each month.

To mark a year of the project – which has nearly 100 participants – an award has been presented to 2010’s ‘greenest’ traveller.

Gavin Hill, who work in the zoo’s stores department, car shares or cycles in every day from his home in Bebington.

Simon Mann, Chester Zoo’s Development Director, presented the award to Gavin and said: "Gavin has shown real commitment to travelling sustainably on a consistent basis.

"Green travel will play an important role in the zoo’s future development which, over the coming years, will include creating more sustainable travel options for both staff and visitors."

Gavin was presented with a bespoke trophy made by the zoo’s maintenance department. In-keeping with the green theme, it was shaped as a footprint and made from recycled materials including flooring from the Fruit Bat Forest and parts of old washing machines.

Cap: Gavin celebrates his award with (back) Simon Mann, Chester Zoo’s Development Director and the zoo’s Managing Director Barbara Smith.

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Notes to Editors

Chester Zoo is a registered conservation charity that supports projects around the world and closer to home in Cheshire.

Welcoming 1.4 million visitors a year, it is the largest zoo in the UK; home to 7000 animals, 400 different species, many of which are endangered.