Woolley Event 2019
Carbon Charter membership brings with it many benefits but probably the most pleasant is the various networking events arranged throughout the year.
Without a doubt, our highlight is the annual Garden Party and this year’s on the 4th July, was the most successful yet.
The picturesque village of Freckenham in Suffolk was once again the location for the sixth annual Carbon Charter Summer Event, hosted by our good friends and long-standing Gold Charter members the leading edge property management organisation of Woolley.
Enjoying the summer weather at just the right level, attendees were treated to inspirational speeches while seated in the shade of the double sized marquee.
The refreshments (from Carbon Charter member Cradle Foods of Sudbury) were distinctive in being not only delicious and refreshing but also vegan. Underlining the fact that the food was of a low carbon footprint being entirely plant based. It proved highly popular.
We were delighted to welcome the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, who gave an illuminating talk recounting his experiences as Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
He was followed by Professor Nic Bury, a leading academic from the University of Suffolk with a talk about his fascinating discoveries in the field of toxicology and pollutions levels in the world around us.
There was also a special presentation to the latest Charter member, Optima Metal Services of Kings Lynn who received their Charter certificate.
After the presentations, guests were also able to enjoy the cutting edge zero emission electric vehicles on display, Undoubtably the star of the show was the sleek Tesla Model 3 Performance in pearl grey. This was one of the first in the UK in right hand drive and a bit of a coup for the event.
It had a stunning white ‘vegan’ leather interior and a massive central touchscreen control panel which made it seem more like a concept car than an actual car on the road today. Boasting 330 miles of range and a 0 – 60 time of just 3.2 seconds. Acceleration which some lucky attendees got to experience at the end of the day. (Myself included). Wow!
On the subject of concept cars you can drive today, Hyundai had their amazing NEXO hydrogen powered vehicle for people to judge for themselves whether they think passenger cars are practical with this lightest element as a fuel source.
Lined up with these were Tesla’s model S and the unique Tesla Shooting Brake from Qwest Motors – the fastest estate car in the world. There was even a Tesla Taxi!
There were two matching white five door, five seater, 200 mile range Renault ZOE’s to show that affordable electric motoring can look good as well. Although it was probably the electric super bikes from SuperSoCo and Zero motorcycles which had the most interest and conversations.
An event on this scale takes a tremendous amount of preparation and with an attendance of around 80 guests the experience could not have been any more pleasant.
The day was rounded off with a tour of the beautiful grounds – Here’s to the next event…