'Travel to 2050' at Hardwick and Clumber Park

Smart Energy Installation Visual

Visit the ‘Travel to 2050’ experience from the campaign for a smarter Britain.

As a conservation charity, we’re all too aware that climate change is hotting up, and with electricity needs set to double by 2050, Britain is under pressure to upgrade its energy system to cope with increasing demand. That’s why at the National Trust we’ve pledged to reduce it by 15% by 2021, and we’re striving towards generating 50% of our energy from renewable sources, also by 2021.

As part of this, we’re delighted to be working with a new partner, Smart Energy GB.

Travel to 2050

The ‘Travel to 2050’ experience is a high-tech installation designed to show what a low carbon, energy-efficient future might look like 30 years from now and will be visiting Hardwick and Clumber Park from Monday 16th September. Join us for a trip into the future and learn about the small steps we can all take to make sure special places stay around for ever, for everyone.

  • Monday 16 September - Friday 4 October at both Hardwick and Clumber
  • Available Mondays - Fridays. Unavailable on weekends
  • 10.00am - 5.00pm at Hardwick. 10am - 5pm at Clumber Park
  • At Hardwick, a garden ticket or membership is required to access the installation
View from back of Hardwick Hall
View from back of Hardwick Hall
View from back of Hardwick Hall

The installation will be located at the back of Hardwick Hall, where visitors can experience the installation showing how this view might look 30 years from now.

Smart Meters and The National Trust

The National Trust have installed smart meters at hundreds of the places we care for, and we’re working to add more. After all, it’s much easier to improve efficiency if you know how much energy you’re using. Smart meters help by measuring how much energy is being used at different times of day, and how much it costs.

They can’t solve climate change on their own, but with the smarter, more efficient energy system they create, they make a good start!

Energy efficiency changes at Hardwick...

At Hardwick in the last 12 months we have installed a new biomass district heating system. The biomass heating system removes our dependency on oil fuel across 11 boilers (tenant cottages, holiday cottages, offices and the Hall), eliminating around 25,000 litres of oil being burned each year. The biomass heating system is fuelled by locally sourced FSC wood pellets.

Energy efficiency changes at Clumber Park...

At Clumber Park, the team have been working hard in various ways to reduce their energy consuption and be more sustainable. From upgrading catering equipment for more energy efficiency models harvesting rain water to flush toilets and water the walled garden to converting 190 hectares of arable farmland to woodland pasture.