It’s great to hear that the National Trust is investing substantially in renewable energy. This is long-term thinking from an organisation that in a very obvious way, needs to be thinking about the future.
Historic sites such as stately homes, present a huge challenge to their caretakers. The costly energy bills, specialist sewage treatment requirements, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the building and its grounds are in many cases the predominant reason that the original owners of the properties had to part with them.
The National Trust is investing £30 million in renewable energy solutions that will power half its energy needs by 2020. This is money well-invested. The price of fossil fuels is only going to rise in the coming years and an organisation like the National Trust, who’s energy requirements are substantial, will suffer without an alternative.
Not too long ago, we had a rewarding experience working at Audley End in Saffron Walden, a stately home cared for by English Heritage who required our expertise in providing a sewage treatment plant that could not only continue to function during both busy and quiet periods but could also provide savings in energy consumption and discharge high quality effluent into the nearby river cam, one of the most sensitive rivers in the region.
It was fantastic to be able to contribute to ensuring that visitors could continue to enjoy Audley End, and it is encouraging to think that an organisation like the National Trust is taking realistic steps to secure its future.
More details of our work at Audley End can be found here.