Duchy completes £130,000 eco-heating project

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the installation of a £130,000 eco-friendly heating system at a farm property on its Needwood Estate.

The innovative biomass system will provide heating and hot water for both residential and commercial elements of Woodhouse Farm, which is one of the UK’s leading equine rehabilitation centres.

As the property’s previous heating consisted only of open fires, the woodchip biomass boiler system will both help the environment and save hundreds of pounds each year in energy bills compared to LPG oil, gas or electric heating. It is also the first of its kind for the Duchy of Lancaster.

Graeme Chalk, head of project management at the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “As a responsible landlord with a strong commitment to sustainability, we fully support the use of sustainable energy wherever possible. For this project we worked hand-in-hand with property agent Savills and installer Asgard Biomass to design and procure the system.

“Extensive research was undertaken which demonstrated the wealth of benefits biomass technology would bring to the site. The Duchy now has a number of properties using green systems such as ground source heat pumps, solar PV and rainwater harvesting.”

The biomass system will use existing woodchip from another Duchy tenant, forestry and harvesting company UPM Tilhill, which occupies the nearby Needwood Sawmill site.