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Renewable Energy

The Willmers have had a long interest with renewable energy and there are currently over 25 acres of willow trees grown on the farm. Primarily used as a short rotation coppice biomass fuel crop, some is also used by schools and craftsmen to create ornamental artwork for gardens, from fence panels to living structures. Examples on display around the grounds include a 20 ft living willow tunnel and a willow arbour. The trees for biofuel are normally harvested, and the wood chipped, once every three years after which the crop can be burnt in heat-producing bio-boilers for houses and industrial units.

Just outside the gardens there are two banks of forty-eight panel photovoltaic arrays which between them generate over 14 kW of electricity. The smaller 4.5 kW system was installed in 2004 whilst the larger 9.6 kW system was installed in 2011. The electricity is used by the house and farm, reducing demand from the National Grid and, more importantly, reducing the electricity bill.

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