It’s in our roots
Bowhill has a long history of striving to be environmentally friendly. The first Duchess of Buccleuch, Anna, created many of the woodlands surrounding the House in the 1700’s. One of her successors, Duke Henry, introduced another 15,000 trees including oak, ash, elm, beech, chestnut, larch and spruce. And for generations environmental stewardship has been and continues to be a guiding principle for Buccleuch.
Recent Green additions: Anaerobic Digester
In 2016, an anaerobic digester (AD plant) was created on the estate. The plant offers a new use for farm waste and promises green heat and electricity to fuel the estate business. Now fully operational, the green energy plant on Carterhaugh Farm generates 200kW of electricity around the clock, plus sufficient heat to dry woodchip and grain for the farm. Read more about the AD Plant here.
Going even Greener with GSHP
This year, we are undertaking one of the most transformative changes yet; the installation of a ground source heat pump (GSHP).
The GSHP will be one of the largest installations of its kind in Scotland and will result in Bowhill House and the surrounding buildings being run wholly by renewable energy.
The installation will involve the running of a 24km pipe network in the grounds to the 19th century mansion house. This is almost the same distance as walking from Bowhill to St Mary’s Loch!
The pump itself will be run on power from the AD plant, which converts waste from the estate’s agricultural operations into electricity.
The heat pump is a bespoke unit which has been custom built by Danish Firm European Energy. However, the project itself is being delivered by Borders-based company Renew Green Energy.
A Green Commitment
The project is close to the heart of Lord Walter Dalkeith, vice chairman of the Buccleuch board: “Buccleuch have a long tradition of environmental stewardship, and the project is hugely important to the business, in-keeping with its guiding principles and ambitions to become net zero.”
We hope the annual CO2 savings will be approx. 444 tonnes per annum, the equivalent of planting 1770 trees every year.