From giant hamster wheels and behind-the-scenes tours to green gardening advice and the chance to win a year’s free electricity – there will be fun for all ages at lots of National Trust places this September.
Between Saturday 13 September and Sunday 28 September, the Trust will be hosting special Green Living days in partnership with the 100 per cent renewable electricity company, Good Energy, and sustainable energy charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
Many of the properties the Trust looks after will be free to enter at this time as part of Heritage Open Days, and all Green Living activities will be free too. Plus at every event, there’s the chance to win a year’s supply of electricity with Good Energy.
It is hoped the events will help tell the story of the Trust’s cleaner energy ambitions, and inspire others to save energy and discover ways they can look after their own homes for the future.
Staff and volunteers have been working hard to help the National Trust meet its ambitious targets, to reduce energy use by 20 per cent and generate half of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This will help to cut the conservation charity’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent and also save around £4m each year, which can be spent on more conservation projects.
Charlene Chick, Propogator at National Trust Nymans, said: “It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see visitors enjoying the colourful gardens and woodland that I’ve helped to create and look after at Nymans.
“We all want to make sure this special place can be enjoyed by everyone forever, so we’re careful with our energy, water and waste across all parts of the estate. I’m really pleased we can show people at this event the changes we’re making to become greener, and hopefully visitors will see it’s actually easy to do most of these things at home too.”
Charmaine Coutinho, Business Development Manager at Good Energy said: “We’re really excited to be part of the National Trust’s Green Living Days and we’re looking forward to getting as many people as possible on Good Energy’s human hamster wheel. Visitors will be able to generate their own electricity and see just how much energy it takes to power a whole variety of everyday household items.
“This event is also a great opportunity to showcase some of the work we have been doing via our partnership with the National Trust.”
Rachel Coxcoon, Head of Local and Community Engagement at CSE, said: “Our trained and friendly energy advisors help thousands of people a year to cut energy bills and take action to make their homes snugger and cheaper to heat.
“We’re pleased the National Trust is embracing energy saving with its ambitious – but do-able – target to reduce consumption by 20 per cent. Not only is this a valuable contribution to cutting UK carbon emissions, but it also saves money which can be spent on caring for our national heritage.”
Find out more about the National Trust’s green living work and partnership with Good Energy and CSE at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/energy