What we're doing
Our renewables programme
We want to make sure the special places we look after are protected forever. That’s why we’ve committed to use 20 per cent less energy, halve our fossil fuel use and generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.
With support from our partner, Good Energy, we're harnessing the power of nature to generate more clean energy. There are lots of ways to produce electricity from renewable sources - here’s our guide to what they are.
'To me there’s something really special about it because I can see places in the structure.'
Head ranger David Elliott speaks about the Speckled Wood eco building that was crafted by our Black Down countryside team and volunteers. Along with straw bale walls and hand-crafted wooden staircases, the roundwood timber-frame structure is completely powered by nature from a biomass boiler and solar panels.
Acorn Bank, near Temple Sowerby in Cumbria, is one of the first places to benefit from our new partnership with Good Energy, aimed at reducing the Trust's reliance on fossil fuels.
The 16th century house was previously using around 26,000 litres of oil each year. This is the same volume as filling up a pond at Acorn Bank every month. But now, thanks to the funding from Good Energy, two 50 year-old boilers at the Grade I Listed property have been replaced with a new wood-fuelled biomass system.
Energy projects at our places
In 2009 Chirk Castle was brought bang up to date with some green energy modifications.
Gibson Mill has been transformed to embrace the latest green technology.
The development created a space for groups to enjoy that is truly environmentally friendly.
We're committed to generating half of our energy from renewable and cleaner energy sources by 2020 and have already made a good start at some of our places. You can find out about some of our energy projects in a little more detail with these case studies.