They were up against giants like Jaguar Land Rover, IKEA and Kingspan, but our farm team from Snowdonia showed the big boys how it was done by bagging a top title at one of the UK’s biggest green awards.
Our Welsh farmers dusted off their DJs for a night in London town last night for a celebration of green champions at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2014… and they won!
The prestigious accolade of ‘Renewable Energy Project of the Year’ went to our Hafod y Llan farm which the National Trust looks after in Snowdonia. The award was presented by Welsh comedian and compare of the night, Mark Watson.
Already winners of a plethora of awards, including Inspire Wales Awards 2014, the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Awards 2013 and the Ashden Gold Award 2012, the farm and its inspirational team have become a beacon for best practice in the green energy world and across the National Trust.
Along with a ‘hidden’ hydro turbine, which generates enough power to light up all of the places the Trust looks after in Wales, the farm also hosts solar panels, 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 numerous community energy events and sharing workshops have taken place at the estate with a wide range of groups and organisations.
Our National Trust Director for Wales, Justin Albert, said: “I am overjoyed and very proud that over three years of hard effort, passion and professionalism by the National Trust Wales teams in Snowdonia has been recognised by this very significant award.
“The journey from the dream of building a hydroturbine on the side of mount Snowdon to winning this important award has been remarkable. It’s a journey that’s been made possible through the commitment of the Wales energy team, the passion of the property staff and also teamwork between the property, the consultancy, the whole Trust and the executive team.
“This is also a win for the National Trust’s renewables initiatives and recognition of how important the Trust’s green targets are. It reinforces our commitment – as Europe’s largest conservation charity – to be genuinely sustainable.”
He added: “It’s the Trust working at its very best.”
Follow the progress of our environmental team in Wales at: http://ntenvironmentalwork.net/