mellow autumn in the woodland

Woodlands have been keeping us warm for millennia, and it's no different today. Over the years we've learned to use wood more efficiently, replenishing trees and protecting beauty of the natural world. Biomass boilers and our rangers' careful approach to managing woodlands help us do this.

Listen to our podcast on how biomass is transforming energy use at the places we care for, and discover how you can make your own energy use more sustainable.

We aim to produce 50 per cent of the energy we use from renewable sources by 2021, and biomass is helping us to achieve this. We run 99 biomass systems, which together generate 16,574,825 kilowatt hours (kWh) every year. And we'll be installing more biomass projects at the places we care for during the next five years. This means we'll be able to put more money towards vital conservation work to protect the countryside you love. 

Listen to our podcast on biomass

The podcast was made possible thanks to the support of BMW i, the brand behind the all-electric BMW i3. As our partner, BMW i is not only allowing us to expand our network of electric vehicle charging points it is also helping us achieve our renewable energy ambitions by investing in groundbreaking projects at National Trust places.

Felbrigg Lake

Woods that keep us warm 

Learn how we use biomass boilers and wood chip from sustainable woodland to keep warm. In this episode, we visit Sheringham Park to find out how the team harvest 200 tonnes of timber to heat the site's workshops, offices, visitor centre, toilets, and even a holiday cottage. We investigate whether this could be the answer for Dyrham Park, which needs to produce enough energy to preserve some of our oldest and most valued collections.

Episode 4: Biomass

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Biomass at the places we care for

Doing your bit

Our work with BMW i 

BMW i is committed to creating a more sustainable future and makes use of many of the renewable energy technologies that we do.

In the production of the all-electric BMW i3, traditional plastics have been replaced with kenaf, which is a natural fibre extracted from the Malva plant. Sustainably-sourced eucalyptus wood is used to make the dashboard, and the seats are covered in natural wool. Small changes like these add up to make a positive difference on the environment. 

Our partnership with BMW i also means we can invest even more in renewable energy projects, and make travel to the places we care for more sustainable by expanding our network of electric vehicle charging points.