Sustainability at Hever Castle – during May visitors can find out more.
Hever Castle & Gardens have designated the month of May as ‘sustainability month’ on the Estate and hope to encourage visitors to learn more about how the childhood home of Anne Boleyn has taken positive steps to reduce its carbon footprint.
With a biomass boiler that heats the entire Estate, solar panels to capture energy and return it to the grid, developing and protecting new eco systems in the grounds, the introduction of electric vehicles onsite, a lagoon sewerage system that’s attractive to wildlife and also the promotion of biodiversity in the meadows, sustainability at Hever Castle is very important across the Estate.
Duncan Leslie, CEO, and driving force behind the installation of the 995KW biomass boiler says: “We operate the estate on biomass fuels which are derived from carbon-based materials contained in living organisms, which can be gasified. Our innovative woodchip boiler heats the entire site thanks to timber sourced from local woodland across Kent, Sussex and Surrey plus a small percentage from our own woods.
“The biomass has been a huge success with the total cost of heating the entire site reduced considerably since its implementation.”
Solar panels were also installed on the roof of the biomass store in January 2019 and generate 43,200 kilowatts of electricity a year, saving the Estate annually and generating sustainable energy.
The gardening team have worked with the Kent Wildlife Trust