National Trust launches new hydro project

National Trust has officially launched its new renewable energy project in Snowdonia, Wales. The hydro turbine at Hafod y Porth has a capacity of just under 100KW and cost £550,000, with an anticipated payback of around six years, the charity said. It marks the third project to be completed as part of its £3.5 million […]

National Trust and Panasonic join forces for green push

Technology giant Panasonic and National Trust have joined forces in a bid to help the conservation charity move towards a “greener, more sustainable mode of operation”. They have inked a three-year partnership, which will allow Panasonic to “showcase” its technologies. Visitors at selected National Trust sites will be able to loan its latest LUMIX cameras […]

Electric Land Rover prototype tested in Wales

A prototype Jaguar Land Rover with an electric motor is being put through its paces by the National Trust – in rugged Welsh landscape. The previously “hush hush” testing at the Hafod y Llan farm on Snowdon was revealed by the Trust’s environmental advisor for Wales, Keith Jones on his award-winning green blog. Touching on the charity’s […]

Marine pump to heat historic National Trust mansion

One of the historic mansions in Wales is using a new technology – claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK – that sucks heat from sea water to warm the building. National Trust has today switched on the 300KW marine-source heat pump which will provide all of the power needed to […]

National Trust launches renewable energy trading firm

The National Trust has today launched a new renewable energy trading company that will sell electricity generated at the places it looks after. The charity’s first large-scale hydro turbine (pictured) which has been installed at its Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia, Wales will be the first renewable energy scheme to sell electricity through National […]

Ban fracking near nature reserves say charities

Fracking for shale gas should not be allowed near areas of natural importance which are home to protected species such as pink-footed geese, it was suggested today. A report from six groups including the National Trust and bird charity RSPB suggests the UK needs stronger regulations for hydraulic fracturing or fracking for gas on British […]

Cheers! Pub gets permission to go hydro-powered

This watering hole’s occupants are soon to be thirsty in more ways than one – Sticklebarn pub in the Lake District has just got planning permission for a new hydropower project. The 100kW hydro-electric scheme is part of a wider hope to turn Sticklebarn (pictured) into the UK’s most sustainable pub. It’s one of three […]

Roadside crops fuel National Trust trial

A Welsh farm run by the National Trust is testing German technology which could transform “nuisance” roadside crops into biomass fuel. The Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia is looking at whether a new process could turn soft rush, gorse and bracken crops into a new source of cash for farmers – and clean energy. […]

National Trust launches carbon cutting network

It’s not just grand old buildings and estates the National Trust is keeping an eye on: it seems the organisation has the whole world’s health in its sights. The Trust – which looks after places such as Lyme Park in the Peak District (pictured) – yesterday launched a new carbon cutting network of bodies including […]

Fairytale ending as castle saves £100,000 on energy bills

A Victorian mansion famed for its fairytale 14th century castle has saved £100,000 on its energy bills and cut carbon emissions by more than 400 tons. Located in Kent, the Scotney Castle (pictured) – owned by the National Trust – installed a 250kW wood-chip biomass boiler to provide hot water and heating to the historic […]