Like many businesses, Wellington Estates has started its journey to decrease our impact on the environment and improve our sustainability.
Sustainability Across The Estate
A review of the Estate’s natural capital has recently been undertaken so that we can understand what benefit we can provide to the natural world but also how we might decrease our carbon emissions. A lot of good work has already been done and there is a long-standing use of eco-friendly energy systems already in place.
In the very near future, we intend to install electric vehicle charging points at all the businesses. We are continually considering how we might switch our vehicle fleet to green energy.
One of the greatest challenges is reducing our carbon emissions through our residential properties. We have some air source heat pumps and one of the larger houses has a ground source heat pump. The age of the buildings that we own will present real challenges as we move towards a greener future.
There is much to be done and we are committed to doing it.
Stratfield Saye House
Since 2015 Stratfield Saye House has been operating a water source heat pump system. Coils in the adjacent lake extract ambient heat from the water to provide hot water and heating to the house. This has greatly reduced the house’s carbon footprint. There is a program of tree planting throughout the park land. This is not new and has been happening for generations.
The ticket booking system used for Stratfield Saye House, when it is open to the public, is a B-Corp and donates 1p per ticket booked to charity.
The Estate Office heating and hot water are now provided by a biomass boiler thus reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. The chip that it burns is produced in a sustainable way from wood sourced from the Estate.
The system also supports a further 4 businesses and one residential property based around the Estate Office further reducing our carbon footprint.
Wellington Country Park
Wellington Country Park has made efforts to reduce its impact on the environment in all areas of operation.
Catering uses eco-friendly packaging, compostable coffee cups, and compostable takeaway boxes. Plastic is avoided where possible, and R-PET plastic is used when necessary. Used cooking oil is recycled and food waste is composted. The shop has moved away from plastic to paper bags and introduced recycled toys. General waste is segmented, with cardboard recycling bins in offices.
All general waste is tipped at our suppliers Materials Recovery Facility. This is then sent to an Energy from Waste Plant, achieving 100% diversion from Landfill through Energy Recovery. Eco-friendly cleaning products are used to reduce the use of harmful chemicals.
Wellington Farm Shop
For a while now The Farm Shop has used a range of eco-friendly products such as biodegradable takeaway cups and food containers. Single use plastic is minimised by using paper straws and wooden forks and stirrers.
The Shop recycles all the cooking oil. Solar PV provides a large amount of the electricity used and the car park lighting is also solar powered. All paper, cans, plastic and glass are recycled.
During the recent refurbishment sound and insulation panels have been installed that are made from sheep’s wool. Eco friendly cleaning products are used to reduce the use of harmful chemicals.
Wellington Riding has made a great effort to reduce its impact on the environment. A biomass boiler is used to reduce the reliance of fossil fuels alongside creating specific protected areas of the site for wildlife to ensure habitats remain. All bedding used for horses on-site is organic.
Across the business a concerted effort has been made to reduce all single use plastics, where possible and improved recycling and waste systems have been introduced.
Our catering operation looks to source food locally and has introduced a reusable cup scheme to reduce the use of takeaway coffee cups. The café and shop have moved away from plastic to paper bags.
We hope to introduce electrical charging points and a borehole very soon. Solar PV projects are also in the pipeline in the near future.
The Barns at Wellington
The Barns at Wellington provides the local community with a environmentally considerate approach to health and fitness. We believe that to thrive as healthy beings we must have a healthy environment.
We are environmentally considerate in all of our daily operations. This includes the use of a biomass boiler system, recycled products and having a commitment to reduce plastic use. We also use biodegradable take away products and source Red Tractor approved suppliers to partner with.
The Barns scored an A on its energy performance rating which means our carbon footprint is minimal.
Wellesley Prep School
The school is looking into being part of the EcoSchools initiative. It is an international education programme that puts the children at the heart of any decisions.
There are 10 topics and the process starts with the children finding out what is already being done in the school. The ten topics are: biodiversity, energy, global citizenship, healthy living, litter, marine, school grounds, transport, waste, water.