A Greener Bolton Abbey
Long term thinking is part of our DNA at Bolton Abbey; the conservation of buildings, woodlands, water courses, moorland, hedgerows, and pasture, requiring a cycle of management that continues to sustain this special landscape for future generations.
With that spirit of stewardship inherent to the running of the estate we now recognise our responsibility to address present-day sustainability challenges such as climate change, natural resource scarcity, and threats to wildlife diversity and habitat. Today we have a Steering Committee chaired by Lord Burlington, the Duke of Devonshire’s son, to address our environmental, social, and local economic impacts. In 2015 we won the Green Tourism Gold Award in recognition of our commitment to environmental management and best practice.
In appropriate locations we are committed to supporting renewable technology. We have recently facilitated the development of a community hydro scheme at Harry’s Dam, Thruscross. The scheme generates between 30,000 and 60,000 units (kilowatt hours) of green electricity per year, the equivalent of supplying up to 12 homes and saving 750 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Harry’s Dam was built 200 years ago to supply water to power the flax mills at West End and has not been used for this purpose in living memory. It covers an area of approximately 1.5 Hectares.
At the Devonshire Arms we have just obtained planning permission from the Yorkshire Dales National Park for installation of a 400 kilowatt biomass installation to provide heat and hot water. This will replace our existing reliance on fossil fuels with timber sourced from the estate’s woodland. We will update the website throughout the build of the Devonshire Arms project so you can follow the development online.