Environmentally friendly show on the Norfolk Broads this weekend

Boat owners interested in green initiatives for hire boats will be able to view the first boat in the UK to receive green certification at the Broads Green Boat Show at Salhouse Broad tomorrow.

Norfolk Broads Direct's diesel electric hybrid cruiser, Fair Princess, which has achieved the Green Tourism Business Scheme's (GTBS) new Green Boat Mark, will be exhibited alongside the GTBS stand.

The Green Boat Mark is available to any hire boat which belongs to a boatyard with GTBS grading and is awarded for hull design, method of propulsion and green information for guests.

The public will have the opportunity to get out on the water in a wide range of craft from canoes, rowing boats and pedal boats, to electric and sailing boats.

About 1,000 people are expected to turn out for the family event, organised by Salhouse Broad and Broadland Cycle Hire with support from The Broads Authority.

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Children's entertainment will be provided by the Nutmeg Puppet show, Apple Pip, highlighting environmentally friendly issues at noon and BeWILDerwood's boggling treasure trail around the broad.

Children will also be able to design and build their own 'green boats' from recycled materials and then race them.

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There will be a variety of stands promoting green boating, including fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines.

Tobi Baker, countryside ranger at Salhouse Broad, is helping organise the event.

He said: 'Green is the way that we have got to go if we are looking at keeping things sustainable and protecting our environment.

'But the show is not just about electric engines, although a key part is moving away from petrol and diesel engines, it is about other environmentally friendly methods like low-wash hulls.'

An added theme of this year's boat show will be to encourage people to travel via an environmentally friendly method by charging �2 for car parking, but reducing the entrance fees.

The Electric Water Taxi is �7, including entrance fee, from Granary Staithe in Hoveton to Salhouse Broad and will be departing every 45 minutes from 10am.

Walkers and cyclists will get in for �1 and children under 12 years old for free. Bus and train users will be charged �1.50 on production of a ticket and car users �2.50.


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