Go Green Week at Powis

 © Paul Southall

We're very proud of the work we've been doing to make Powis a greener place to be. We thought we'd share the best of our projects and achievements.

The Kitchen Garden, banished from sight by Lady Violet at the turn of the last century, is once again the powerhouse of the garden. A 27 KW ground source heat pump supplies the garden nursery with all the heat it needs to provide Powis’ spectacular border displays with their tender perennials.

The nursery’s water is supplied by our own bore hole, which ensures that no drinking water is used for irrigation. A number of rainwater tanks help us make the most of the Welsh weather.

Sustainable power

We have a 50 KW array of solar panels located in the nursery area which help us to offset the electricity used in the castle and garden. Air source heat pumps have also been installed on site to heat the restaurant and tearoom, further reducing our impact on the environment.

We have also installed two chargers on the main car park for electric vehicles to use free of charge which were kindly donated by Zero Carbon World in 2013.

Waste not, want not

All green waste, from grass and hedge clippings to wood chips and paper shreddings, are composted on site and used to mulch the flower beds in the spring, increasing the soil's ability to hold water and maintain a healthy biological ecosystem.

Always looking forward

It is not only the gardeners who help to contribute to a carbon-neutral Powis. In the castle, staff are researching energy-efficient lighting and trials for LED lights are already under way.

The Green Dragon in a red castle

Powis has recently achieved level 5 from the Green Dragon environmental standard for the second year in a row. This is surely testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and volunteers in reducing our impact on the environment.