PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES
WE’VE ONLY GOT ONE PLANET, SO WE MUSTN’T ABUSE IT. SINCE 2009 WE HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO YEAR-ON-YEAR REDUCTIONS IN FOSSIL FUEL USAGE AND CARBON EMISSIONS.
Clean energy starts with cutting back on consumption – so switch off lights and electrical devices not in use. Consider your mode of transport, and if you’re buying a car, why not go electric? You can then charge up using our solar panels at the Farmshop on one of our car charging stations.
Air, water, soil and the ecological services that connect them are worthy of protection; keep them healthy and we can enjoy a future of comfort, wellbeing and of course, good food. Every misused or wasted gram of resource is a cost we should all want to avoid.
Our first step to tackling our reliance on imported energy is always to breakdown how we use it, and then we focus on reducing the demand. We take simple measures like converting to LED lighting and maximising insulation. Smart design helps, such as under-floor heating, as does the wise application of materials; we lay sheep’s wool insulation throughout our buildings as a natural alternative to more commonly used man-made products. There are technological aids too; a voltage optimiser to moderate and trim the electricity we draw, whilst motion sensors and thermostats only switch on appliances when needed.
And then we turn to clever adaptations for recycling the energy we do consume. In the Farmshop café we capture heat above our wood-fired ovens and circulate it through the kitchen’s hot water system. Our recently extended Black Barn production units also harness the wasted heat energy from the back of the refrigeration units, to be recycled into hot water. As the refrigeration units are powered by solar, we get two bites at the green cherry.
When we are confident we have reduced and recycled as much energy as feasible, we look at generating the necessary remaining demands. At the Farmshop, a woodchip boiler provides warmth and hot water. The farm’s carefully managed woodlands provide the fuel for our café’s oven. Growing our own materials guarantees a positive impact, and since 2007 we have planted 120,000 mixed trees to safeguard our future supply and woodland habitats.
We now have in excess of 2,000 solar panels across three areas of rooftop which, on a summer’s day, can generate enough electricity to power all production, Farmshop, café and farm facilities. We export the surplus power back to the National Grid.
In 2016 we installed a 910 kilowatt biomass boiler, which burns locally sourced wood chips to produce all our heat requirements. This green source of energy produces hot water and heating for our farm shop and café, dairy parlour, creamery, cheesemaking and bakery.