Search

Here we mow – Tractor Boys go green

PUBLISHED: 05:30 17 July 2019

Ben Connell, Grounds Manager, Ipswich Town Football Club at Portman Road. Ipswich Town is switching all its ground machinery from diesel fuel to cleaner-burning Shell GTL fuel. Picture: DARE & HIER MEDIA

Ben Connell, Grounds Manager, Ipswich Town Football Club at Portman Road. Ipswich Town is switching all its ground machinery from diesel fuel to cleaner-burning Shell GTL fuel. Picture: DARE & HIER MEDIA

Archant

Ipswich Town is going greener. It has switched all its ground machinery from diesel to cleaner-burning Shell GTL fuel to improve air quality at its training ground.

Ipswich U18s play QPR U18s at the Playford Road training ground. Ipswich is switching tractors and mowers at the training centre to low emission Shell GTL fuel. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich U18s play QPR U18s at the Playford Road training ground. Ipswich is switching tractors and mowers at the training centre to low emission Shell GTL fuel. Picture: ROSS HALLS

The club plans to monitor the fuel's performance in its training centre's fleet of mowers and tractors and measure its benefits to the environment, grounds staff and local community.

If successful, the initial off-road delivery of 2,250 litres of may be increased to serve the ground machinery used at Ipswich Town's Portman Road stadium as well.

Ipswich Town Football Club grounds manager Ben Connell said: "We believed that the club - and our neighbours - would benefit from adopting an odourless fuel with lower emissions that can reduce noise levels in engines. The grounds staff work with machinery all day and we were conscious of how regular diesel emissions may have been affecting their health and wellbeing.

"Furthermore, our Playford Road Training Centre in Rushmere St Andrew is surrounded by a number of residential properties and we felt a responsibility to minimise the environmental impact on the local community. Shell GTL fuel was an ideal solution."

He said the switch had been seamless with no teething problems.

Shell (Gas to Fuel) fuel is shown to reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions so is kinder for the environment.

You may also want to watch:


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ipswich Star