Good green fun for free at National Trust places

Explorer trails, storytelling tours, giveaways and a giant hamster wheel — it’s time for a Green Living celebration.

This September, we’ll be hosting our first ever Green Living events at a number of the places we look after across England and Wales. There’ll be behind the scenes tours, explorer trails and the chance to win a year’s free supply of electricity. At two of our places, you can even have a go at producing energy yourself inside a giant hamster wheel.

Events kick off on Saturday 13 September and will run until Sunday 28 September as part of Community Energy Fortnight – visit our Green Living page for a full list.

Green Fun for Free

National Trust green living events

©National Trust Images Chris Lacey

The Green Living events are happening in partnership with the 100 per cent renewable electricity company, Good Energy, and sustainable energy charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Many of the places taking part will be opening their doors for free as part of Heritage Open Days Weekend.

From tours and trails to activities and storytelling, there’ll be fun for all ages. We invite you to explore behind the scenes and discover our green living stories, from how we’re recreating history at places like Cragside to what’s powering the future at places like Plas Newydd.

Plus at all the events, there’ll be the chance to win a year’s free electricity with Good Energy and take home energy saving advice. As well as sharing our stories, we want to inspire you to have a go at home.

The human hamster experience

National Trust green living events

©Good Energy

How much power can you produce? Find out by taking a run on Good Energy’s giant hamster wheel at Nymans, West Sussex, on September 13 and Tyntesfield, near Bristol, on September 27 and 28.  

Going green for good

National Trust staff and volunteers are working hard to support our big 2020 energy targets. These include reducing the amount of energy we use by 20 per cent and generating half of our energy from renewable sources such as sun and water. Achieving these goals will help us cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent and save an estimated £4m each year. That’s money we can redirect to conservation work across the 250,000 hectares of countryside, 742 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places that we look after in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out where your nearest Green Living event is taking place, and let us know your Green Living experience or tweet a selfie from the day with #NTGreenLiving  

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One thought on “Good green fun for free at National Trust places

  1. An excellent way to attract the younger generation. The National Trust must not be seen as the preserve only of the retired, but of everyone in the Country. The Easter Egg competition was an excellent example designed to attract the children, who one hopes will become members in due course of time

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