Q Lawns buys eco-friendly cars for sales team

Turf grower Q Lawns has bought two eco-friendly VW Golf Bluemotion cars for its sales team to keep in touch with customers, be kinder on the environment, and save money.

"Part of our ethos is to care for the environment" said sales and marketing manager Chris Carr. "This is reflected in the way we try to improve biodiversity on our farm to organising deliveries so lorries save fuel, which makes big economic sense.

The car has a CO2 rating of 99g/Km, one of the least polluting vehicles because of its fuel efficiency, said Carr, who verified the manufacturer’s claim the £20,000 car averages 74.3 miles per gallon. The firm’s old cars clocked up only 36mpg and cost more in road tax.

"The cars are amazing: you see the ads and think, ‘yeah, yeah’ but it does what it says and has enough poke to overtake a 45 miles-per-hour tractor. We want to be leaner and greener and any savings can be passed on to customers. It’s too early to quantify those savings."

Q Lawns grow nearly 500ha of turf on its farm near Hockwold in Norfolk. Products include Enviromat sedum matting for the green-roof industry and Meadowmat wild flower matting, bagged and bulk topsoil and woodchip mulch.

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