ENVIRONMENT – REDUCING STOWFORD’S CARBON FOOTPRINT
Working hard for the environment
We are always doing our best here and there to help the environment, for example you will find specially made owl boxes out in the woods. We use traditional methods of land management such as ‘steeping’ the hedges.
Over the past ten years Stowford has planted over 40 thousand trees in the surrounding areas, creating over 50 acres of new woodland. We aim to plant trees and shrubbery every winter, these not only create natural shelter for us from the weather they also provide homes for wildlife.
Investing in the future
Stowford is working hard for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint. Over the winter of 2012/2013 we installed a brand new Biomass heating system as a way to generate energy in a way that was less harmful to the environment. Now nearly all of our hot water and heating is provided by Biomass boilers.
- The boilers will run using sustainable woodchip instead of burning gas and oil.
- Wood is low carbon; meaning when wood is burnt it emits the same amount of CO2 into the atmosphere as is absorbed during the life cycle of the growing plant. AND it produces significantly less co2 emissions than burning oil, gas or using electricity per KWH
- There are no toxic risks associated with using wood, unlike other fuel sources such as oil and gas.
- We can use wood from our own woodland meaning that less emissions are used transporting the fuel to us.
Stowford Recycling Centre
Please make the most of our recycling centre; we recycle drinks cans, food tins, paper, glossy magazines, plastics and cardboards. The Recycling Centre is situated opposite the Crazy Golf course.
Solar Photovoltaic Panels
In January 2016 we invested in solar photovoltaic panels to go on the south facing part of the roof of the new tractor shed, we use all of the electricity that these solar panels produce on-site.