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?
Work has commenced on site with trenches dug from the mansion for the pipework; pipework laid and trenches backfilled and with borehole drilling in the car park completed, the groundworks are complete, apart from reseeding the grass.
Works are expected to be completed later this year, with installation of some new radiators, then the commissioning and testing of the heat pump system.