Responding to climate change at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Dating back to the Iron Age, the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire has had an eventful 2,000-year history. Today, one of its greatest challenges is climate change. This is why we're making big changes that will benefit nature, people and the environment.
We know that successful farming relies on a healthy environment, so we're testing nature-friendly methods, taking new approaches to land management and making homes for wildlife. This will involve exploring low-carbon farming practices, improving vegetation cover, planting trees and creating 121 acres of pastures, scrub, ponds and wetland.
A carbon audit will help us measure our success and identify more ways to reduce emissions. We'll share the findings to help other places in our care to reduce their carbon footprint.
Renewable energy sources are used across the Wimpole Estate. At the moment, the house and tea room are heated by a ground-source heat pump and the welcome centre is powered by solar panels, which also help us run off-road electric vehicles.
This work aims to make the estate more resilient against climate change and help us contribute to our organisational goal of being carbon net-zero by 2030. But we can only do all of this with your continued support and the backing of our funders — The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, HSBC UK and Interreg.