National Trust: Getting warmth from the woods

By National Trust | February 25, 2016

As the U.K.-based National Trust continues to develop ways to use renewable energy to heat and power more of the historic places it looks after through its £30 million ($4.19 million) renewable energy investment programme, one of its successful pilot projects, launched with Good Energy in 2013, has been officially opened.

Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Croft Castle nestled in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside to see how our new biomass heating system is getting the property off oil, reducing costs and benefiting the environment.


Coming off oil

The old boiler got through 19,500 liters of oil each year, generating a whopping 52 metric tons of CO2. The new state of the art system uses woodchip from the estate to provide heating for the castle, shop and offices—enough to heat 12 average U.K. houses. It has also slashed bills by £6,000 each year.

By using wood fuel from conifers, sourced directly from the 1,500-acre parkland, we are also improving nature conservation. With the conifers gone, there is space for the ancient broadleaf woodland, dating back to the 1600s, and wildlife to thrive. There’s also more space for you to walk around - not to mention much better views of the landscape.

Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, said: “It’s great to see investment in this kind of technology and I wish the National Trust every success for future projects.”