Europe's largest electricity generating waterwheel

From a Waterfall to a Cup of Tea, thanks to Britain’s Largest Electricity Generating Waterwheel

How do you power a tea room using a waterfall? Here at the National Trust we’ve found the solution, and it combines historic technology with twenty-first century innovation. At Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall in Wales, Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel is producing enough clean, green energy to power the whole site. Caught on camera…

Is the Government’s Planning Framework delivering on the PM’s promises to the Trust?

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. For those of you out there who haven’t come across it the National Planning Policy Framework (or the…

Better Out than In … Why you should be exercising outside

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures. With summer just around the corner, this is the time of year when many of us (regretting the…

Mysteries Cloaked in Mist: Invisible Innovation at a Welsh Country House

In this series of posts, Sophie McGovern explores debate and innovation around renewable energy and sustainability Plas Newydd was shrouded in mist when we arrived at 8.30 on a chilly spring morning. As well as obscuring views of Snowdonia National Park it was also concealing other mysteries. I’d travelled to the property on the Isle of…