Biomass Boiler Project at Dunham Massey

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Dunham Massey is installing a new biomass boiler in an effort to move away from oil, and onto woodfuel; a sustainable energy source. This is part of the National Trust's renewable energy investment programme to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. We hope to have the biomass boiler up and running in summer 2019.

The new biomass boiler will replace all the oil fired and electric heaters on site. It will improve energy efficiency, sustainability and reliability at Dunham Massey, and will remove the use of oil from the largest oil user in the North region of the National Trust.

The biomass boiler will heat the house, visitor centre, Stables Restaurant and all of the cottages on site, saving in excess of 239 tonnes of carbon dioxide, 31,000 litres of oil and £33,000 in heating costs every year. The woodfuel is produced in sustainably managed forests and is sourced from supplies on the Government's Biomass Suppliers List.

How biomass works
Diagram of how biomass works
How biomass works

The project is part of a national renewable energy investment programme which will see the National Trust invest £30 million in renewable energy to heat and power more of its historic places. The programme was launched in 2015 to help deliver the Trust’s target to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, cut energy use by 20% and produce 50% of its energy from renewable sources on its land by 2020.

Adrian Fox, project manager of renewable energies, will be holding three surgeries to provide more information and answer any questions that you may have. These will be held at 12 noon 1pm on Thursday 21 March, Thursday 18 April and Thursday 25 April.. Meet at the reception desk in the visitor centre.