Sustainability

We are continually seeking to minimise our impact on the environment

Green Tourism

In 2018 we were awarded a Silver level Green Tourism award.

Living Sustainably

Sustainable Business Breakfast

Wilton Park was delighted to host the Sustainable Business Breakfast meeting in February 2017 at Wiston House, organised by the Sustainable Business Partnership which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Amongst the key speakers at this networking breakfast were two presentations by Amanda Bates, Corporate Services and Compliance Manager for Wilton Park, and Derrick Pope of Pope Consulting. Wilton Park’s best practice case study focussed on energy efficiency and environmental projects implemented through the building and site, including the wood chip-fed biomass boiler, LED lighting, staff engagement campaigns and sustainable and ethical procurement initiatives. Industry expert, Derrick Pope of Pope Consulting, provided key information on renewable heat technologies including biomass boilers and heat pumps, and elaborating on the biomass installation at Wiston House.

The event was a great opportunity for organisations from a variety of sectors and industries to exchange sustainability ideas and share environmental practices.

A Sustainable Business Breakfast at Wiston House by Sustainable Business Partnership CIC

As part of our continual commitment to improve our environmental performance; over the last decade we have sought to minimise our impact on the environment in a number of ways.

Environmental practices undertaken include:

  • Re-use of materials, waste compaction and compression, recycling of a wide range of materials (glass, plastics, printer cartridges, cardboard, paper) or considerate disposal – reducing waste to landfill to one 1,100 litre bin collected twice per week
  • Using in-house water filtration and bottling facilities
  • Installation of low energy lightbulbs
  • Reducing supplier delivery chains – through using locally sourced products and services wherever practical, and local produce from the Estate gardens
  • Meeting our customers’ demands and preferences for using environmentally sensitive and Fairtrade products
  • Encouraging shared transportation – coordinating conference and local travel
  • Recycling of used oil from our kitchen for conversion to biofuel by a local company

Bioenergy

The Wiston Estate, where we are based, saw clear benefits in bringing underused woodlands into economic life, based on a stable demand for woodchip. The installation at Wiston House opens up further opportunities for more constructive woodland management. It provides a secure market for wood fuel and on the back of this they can produce woodchip for others in the local market.

Biomass boiler 

A KWB 150kW TDS Powerfire boiler, wood chip fuel store, fuel feed system, 1,500 litre buffer tank, expansion tank and flue are located in a containerised boiler house, supplied by Econergy.

Technical summary

  • Rotary-Grate firing system for optimum gasification conditions
  • Cyclone Combustion Chamber for perfect fluegas mixture and low emissions
  • Lambda Probe ensures low emissions and high efficiency
  • High efficient and compact heat exchanger
  • Fully automatic ash removal system
  • Backfire protection

Preparation of the wood 

  • Softwood is felled from the nearby Wiston woods and cut in to 4m lengths. These logs are then extracted from the woodland and taken to a stacking area where they will season for 9-18 months, dependent on the species and time of year the trees have been felled
  • When the wood reaches a moisture content of ideally 20-40%, the logs are brought to Wiston House where they are loaded into a chipper using a forestry crane. Woodchips are then produced to a uniform size and fed directly in to the storage bins

Operation

  • The boiler house is situated 90 metres to the west of the main house and is naturally screened from the main house
  • The containerised boiler house has an integrated woodchip store with a capacity of 60m3, this links to the boiler via a direct auger feed and sweeper
  • Dried wood is transported from the Estate woods, and chipped on site directly into the store
  • Heated hot water is transported underground linking into the existing distribution systems, providing hot water and heating in the main house
  • The annual need is 400 tonnes of wood and it is hoped to save 165 carbon tonnes per annum

Electric car chargers

We have two electric car chargers available for guests to use. A token can be obtained from reception and this will give two hours charge.