Starting June 15, the inhabitants of Bucharest have a new space to relax: Magnoliilor Alley, an area in the Botanical Garden in Bucharest where nature and technology meet.
The space offers not only botanical exhibits to visitors, but also two solar benches that allow them to charge their mobile phones via USB ports and wireless chargers, as well as free Wi-Fi internet access, being the first of their kind installed in a green space in Romania.
The project started in 2015 through the partnership between Team Work Association and Telekom Romania Foundation, targeting the Taxonomic Sector of the “Dimitrie Brândză” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest. Over the past four years, over 1800 volunteers have carried out cleaning and gardening activities to provide visitors with a new experience:
- The structure of alleys in the Taxonomic Sector is again visible and renewed, with a different botanical family (Magnoliaceae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae etc.) planted or being planted in each alley,
- The Magnoliilor Alley is the first arranged alley in the Taxonomic Sector, consisting of 11 magnolia with flowering periods from April to September; at maturity the height of planted magnolias will be between 2.5 and 7 meters,
- New urban furniture (25 benches, 10 trash cans) allow visitors to enjoy the new space,
- Two new information boards provide details about the Taxonomic Sector and the Magnolia Alley.
The absolute novelty of the project is the installation of two solar benches in the central circle of the Taxonomic Sector, thus having energy autonomy; benches allow visitors to charge their mobile phone through USB ports located sideways or by wireless chargers. In addition, those who want to share photos from the Botanical Garden on social networks or be online can do so by accessing the free of charge Wi-Fi network provided by Telekom Romania (WifiBotanicabyTelekom). Benches can also be used in cloudy periods, having the ability to store solar energy during sunny days.