Our farm team in Snowdonia will be swapping their muddy wellies and shepherds crooks for DJs and shiny shoes tonight, as they gear up for one of the UK’s biggest green awards.
The Hafod y Llan farm, which the National Trust looks after in North Wales, has been shortlisted for Renewable Energy Project of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. The night celebrates leading pioneers from across the green energy sector and how they are driving innovation.
Hafod y Llan has become a beacon for best practice in the green energy world and across the National Trust. Amongst the 2,000 sheep, 100 Welsh black cattle, two alpacas and 60,000 walkers that enjoy the site, there is a raft of hidden environmental measures.
Our biggest renewable scheme so far – a 640kW hydro turbine – has been sensitively crafted into a river that runs along the popular Watkin Path at the farm estate. It generates enough power to light up all the places in Wales, which helps us to hit our 2020 targets to generate 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources. The cleaner electricity it generates is sold to the 100 per cent renewable electricity supplier Good Energy, so money can be ploughed back into conservation.
Other green technologies at the farm include solar panels on the lamb orphanage, LEDs, biomass boilers, a smaller hydro turbine and electric vehicle charging points.
Last year the farm took part in a pan European trial of a special technology that turns rushes into biomass fuel. And it has hosted numerous community energy events and sharing workshops with a wide range of groups and organisations.
Keith Jones, our environmental advisor in Wales, said: “We’re so pleased that our farm is being recognised in one of the biggest green awards going.
“At Hafod y Llan farm, we’ve demonstrated that taking a sensitive and appropriate approach within a business and investment framework are not opposing ways of working. We cherish what we have here at Snowdon, learn from our past and plan for the future.
“And if we can make renewable energy technology work sensitively in a European special area of conservation, it can be done everywhere.”
Find out more about our energy work at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/energy