Warming up for winter at the National Trust

Posted in: Eco-friendly

Posted on: 29.10.2015

The 18th century parkland and gardens of the National Trust’s Ickworth Estate have undergone something of a sustainable makeover over the last few months.

The work culminated in the official unveiling of a new 199kW biomass boiler, capable of producing enough power to meet all of the estate’s heating needs.

Using woodchips sourced directly from the surrounding 8,000 acres of parkland, the new boiler will now be reducing Ickworth’s average CO2 emissions by around 100 tonnes each year - not to mention saving more than 38,000 litres of heating oil.

“The new biomass boiler has been a fantastic addition at the property,” said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s Rural Enterprises Director.

“It will help the mansion become self-sufficient in heat, and  the new woodland we are planting will not only secure a future fuel source, it will also give us the opportunity to reinstate some of the lost landscape design features from the Grade II listed surroundings.

“The more actively managed woodlands will also create bigger and better habitats for the wildlife on site.” 

Power from renewables

The completion of this project marks the fourth of five pilot schemes to go live as part of the Trust’s pilot Renewable Energy Investment programme, which was launched in partnership with Good Energy back in 2013.

It follows the introduction of a similar biomass boiler at Croft Castle in Herefordshire, an underwater heat pump at Plas Newydd on Anglesey and a hydro turbine at Hafod y Porth in Snowdonia.

What next?

Thanks to the success of these pilot projects, the National Trust has now announced that it will be pursuing its biggest ever investment of £30 million in 40 further renewable energy projects to help heat and power more of its historic places.

This will include a 200kW lake source heating project at Blickling Estate in Norfolk, two biomass boilers at Upton House in Warwickshire and a 250kW hydro scheme at Hayeswater in Cumbria.

It’s been fantastic working with the charity over the last few years, not only to see how renewable projects are transforming the energy use of some our oldest and most special buildings, but also being able to inspire its members and followers to think more about their own energy use.

With one more pilot project at Stickle Ghyll in Cumbria due for completion next year, we can’t wait to see where the next stage of our renewable journey together will take us. The National Trust is truly inspirational in its approach when it comes to renewables and it would be great to see other organisations following their lead.

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