Leaving oil in the past

Kingston Lacy house in the daylight

The National Trust has an ambitious Renewable Energy Investment programme: we are committed to generating 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources and reducing our oil use to less than 10 per cent by 2022. Since 2013 we have invested £33m in renewable energy projects and have saved almost a million litres of oil a year.

Kingston Lacy is playing its part in this strategy with a major new project: the installation of a ground source heat pump.

Kingston Lacy is opulent, spectacular and astonishing. And it has fuel bills to match: heating the mansion uses around 30,000 litres of oil a year, which releases about 80 tonnes of carbon annually.

Now, we have been granted planning permission for a 160kW ground source heat pump system to replace the existing oil boilers heating the mansion.

It’s a big project that will have big environmental benefits, cutting emissions to around a quarter of their current levels. But it will help us in our conservation work as well; using a green energy source means we will be able to heat the mansion at a low temperature for longer periods, improving the internal environment and humidity control of the collections.

The project is planned for summer 2022, with six-month construction phase. You may see some preparatory work taking place around the overflow car park and the route to the mansion as we mitigate the impact of works on our wildlife, plants and trees – please bear with us as we carry out the work that will help us secure this beautiful place for the future.

Look out for updates here on our website and around the property as this exciting new era in the story of Kingston Lacy unfolds, and find out more about the National Trust's green energy plans below.