Sustainability

Our belief is that by demonstrating good practice in living sustainably, we can educate our visitors so they understand the importance of conserving our natural resources and value the environment, ultimately making changes to their own lives for improved health and well-being.

Our offer is a working showcase of the use of renewable energy, waste management and sustainable systems backed up by our own site resources. We have forty-four acres, consisting mostly of grassland which is used for grazing and haymaking with fruiting hedges and willow windbreaks. The rare breed farm animals are farmed for meat production and there is a walled garden and orchard for fruit and vegetables. Buildings are equipped with renewable technologies, some of which are on display. In addition, there are a wide-range of complementary, high-quality educational resources and activities available to our visitors, including the general public, schools and other groups.

Renewable energy systems:

  • Biomass boiler and thermal store supplying the under-floor heating in the Eco Centre and Play Barn
  • Solar panels supply the hot water for the kitchens in the summer
  • Photovoltaic panels provide power and light to the Eco Centre
  • Stand-alone Photovoltaic panels in the Walled Garden pump rainwater and provide light

Waste management:

  • Rainwater harvesting to supply the water for flushing the toilets
  • Waste processed by a reed bed.
  • Aquaponics system for plant nutrition
  • Composting of garden and kitchen waste, including coffee grounds
  • Reuse of waste material wherever possible
  • Work closely with local council to recycle waste
  • Animal waste & bedding professionally removed from site to a local facility

‘Farm to fork’ sustainability:

  • Breeding of rare and native breeds
  • Support rare breeds by farming
  • Meat production to supply the
  • Use of the land for conservation grazing
  • Production of animal feed.
  • Production of fibre for use in textiles
  • Home grown produce to supply cafés
  • Seed collection for conservation of heritage varieties

Local business sustainability:

  • By using local suppliers, contribute to local economy & lower environmental impact
  • Provide local employment

Our aim is to promote sustainable living for the conservation of the greater environment and for health and well-being. With our showcase facilities and educational ethos, we plan to enable visitors to have a greater understanding of the benefits of renewable technologies, responsible waste management and food production.

Work in progress

Future plans include extending our showcase of renewable energy and waste management technologies to complete a new ‘Eco Trail’. By installing additional artefacts that involve hands-on activities, visitors will have a greater understanding of how these systems work and reasons for their development.