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National Trust cuts emissions at historic castle

A historic country estate famed for its 14th century castle is opening its doors to show how green energy has slashed its energy bills by £100,000 and cut carbon emissions by more than 400 tonnes.

The National Trust, which owns Scotney Castle in Kent, recruited biomass technology expert Rural Energy to provide hot water and heating for the Victorian mansion at the heart of the 770-acre estate.

The biomass boiler also serves the visitor reception, shop, tearoom and offices at the castle, near Tunbridge Wells.

At the castle, modern 21st-century green energy technology is being used by the trust to give an important part of England’s past a brighter future.

Now people are being invited to take a close look at the success and benefits of the estate’s four-year biomass programme at a talk and tour event being organised by Rural Energy on Tuesday 17 September.

The event will involve ‘talk and tour’ sessions in the morning and afternoon, with a panel of experts on hand to talk about the hot topics in biomass. The tour is set to include a look at the managed woodland on the estate.

The project, partly funded by National Lottery cash, has also reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 404 tonnes.

The boiler is powered by wood harvested from the estate as part of its conservation work and replaced an old oil-powered heating system.

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