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Solar banks with free wifi in the Bucharest Botanical Garden, implemented with the support of the Telekom Romania Foundation

From May 15, the people of Bucharest will have at their disposal a new space for moments of relaxation: Aleea Magnoliilor, an area in the Bucharest Botanical Garden where nature and technology meet. The space offers visitors not only botanical exhibits, but also two benches with solar panels that allow charging phones via USB and contact ports, as well as free wifi internet access, being the first of its kind installed in a green space in Romania.

The development project started in 2015 through the partnership between the Team Work Association and the Telekom Romania Foundation, targeting the Taxonomic Sector of the “Dimitrie Brândză” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest. In the four years, over 1700 volunteers carried out cleaning and landscaping activities to offer visitors a new experience:

- The structure of alleys in the Taxonomic Sector is again visible and renewed, on each alley being planted or under planting a different botanical family (Magnoliaceae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae etc.),

- Magnolia Alley is the first arranged alley in the Taxonomic Sector, being composed of 10 magnolias with flowering periods from April to September; at maturity the height of the planted magnolias will be between 2.5 and 7 meters,

- The new street furniture (25 benches, 10 rubbish bins) will allow visitors to fully enjoy the new space,

- Two new information panels will provide details about the Taxonomic Sector and Magnolia Alley.

The absolute novelty of the project is the installation in the central circle of the Taxonomic Sector of two banks equipped with solar panels, thus having energy autonomy; banks allow visitors to charge their phone via USB ports located on the side or by direct contact, using a special surface. Also, those who want to publish on social networks photos from the Botanical Garden or simply to be online, can do so by accessing for free the wifi network provided by Telekom Romania. Banks will also be able to be used during cloudy periods, having the capacity to store solar energy on days with favorable weather.

The Team Work Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that has been carrying out volunteer activities in the “Dimitrie Brândză” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest since 2006. In the 14 years of activity, over 7,000 volunteers participated, totaling over 45,000 volunteer hours at events and projects such as Spring Cleaning, Autumn Cleaning, Treasure Hunt, Green Work, Grandma's Garden, Children's Garden, Book Garden, Magnolia Alley and Taxonomic Sector. The Team Work Association 

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