Gathering winter fuel

These pictures show Alex Evans battling through the snow to deliver dry woodchips from the Ransfords sawmill in Bishop’s Castle to feed the wood chip boiler at Mellington where we use 100% renewable energy for heating and hot water.

The logs on the fires in the hotel are from our own woodlands on the Estate and are mostly from wind damaged trees so we don’t even have to cut down many to keep warm – although we plant plenty enough!

The boiler is an HDG 199KW and the heat passes down an underground pipe from an outbuilding into the hotel.

So, even with 9 inches of snow and the temperature down to minus 12 degrees last night and minus 5 degrees today, everyone in the Hotel is as warm as toast: thanks to a sturdy John Deere tractor – and Alex of course!