Going green at Wimpole
Our energy work is an important part of being a responsible conservation organisation with an energy strategy committed the Trust to meeting 50% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
As part of the National Trust's Renewable Energy Investment Programme, Wimpole is looking at various ways we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Between them, Wimpole Hall and the Old Rectory Restaurant consume around 35,000 litres of oil each year, the need for which we are seeking to remove through the installation of a ground source heat pump through boreholes in part of the current car park.
With the removal of this oil-fired system, not only should it reduce the cost of buying all the oil, we should also reduce our carbon emissions.
What happens next?
Planning permission and listed building consent have been approved for the Wimpole Renewable Energy project by South Cambs District Council these should be viewable online.
Work has commenced on site with trenches dug from the mansion for the some of the pipework with borehole drilling starting in the car park over the coming weeks, the project is taking shape on the ground.
Works are expected to be completed later in the year, with commissioning and testing of the system in the Autumn.