What we're doing
Our top composting toilets
We’ve got plenty of composting toilets at the outdoor places we look after, ready for when nature calls. We've picked our top five.
Green gardening at Powis Castle
A host of new green measures are making the garden at Powis castle energy self-sufficient. A ground source heat pump and solar panels will help reduce energy use in the garden by two thirds.
Testing out our electric Land Rover
One of the farms we care for in Wales has been trialing the new electric Land Rover Defender. It's part of a number of green measures in use at Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia.
Explore Chirk Castle estate on a Segway
Exploring the huge Chirk Castle estate and parkland on foot can be a challenge. That's why we've introduced a fleet of environmentally friendly Segways, which are busy helping visitors get around.
Hydropower returns to Cragside
A new Archimedes screw installed at Cragside in Northumberland will restore hydroelectricity to the first house in the world to be lit by the power of water.
Countryfile switches on our waterwheel
BBC's Countryfile paid a visit to the Aberdulais Tin Works, where our newly refurbished electric waterwheel will soon be powering the entire site.
Plas Newydd's new sustainable heating
We're in the process of building the UK's biggest marine source heat pump at Plas Newydd. This new sustainable energy source will heat our huge house using the power of the sea. Take a look at our video of what we've been doing.
Keeping Dyrham Park's collections cool
A new biomass woodfuel burner is helping to regulate the temperature at Dyrham Park, helping to preserve its treasures - and helping the environment too.
Being energy efficient at Ightham Mote
How much energy powers a pudding? Our premises assistant at Ightham Mote in Kent, Tony Fordham, has been on the hunt to find this out and more to help make this special place become more efficient.
Things are heating up at Fountains Abbey
The World Heritage Site, which was once a self-sustainable hub, is now partly powered by the sun’s warmth following the recent completion of a ground source heat pump.
More energy projects at our places
Inspiring energy touches are transforming the café at Wimpole Estate.
Chirk Castle has been brought bang up to date with some green energy modifications.
Gibson Mill has been transformed to embrace the latest green technology.
Green Living events 2014
Looking after special places is at the heart of what we do. Being greener in the energy, waste and water we use helps to make sure the historic and natural landscapes we love can be fit for the future. In 2014 we hosted Green Living events in partnership with Good Energy and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, to share our sustainability stories and inspire others to have a go at home too.
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.
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.